The second book picks up where The Awakening left, and delves further into Damon’s ongoing attempts to win Elena’s affections and Stefan’s struggle to survive. When Stefan went missing, Elena seeks out Damon and confronts him in the graveyard, knowing that it will be dangerous. Damon claims he killed Stefan the previous night. Elena and her friends find Stefan in a well, near death, after Bonnie has a vision. Elena saves Stefan by giving him some of her blood. Elena also exchanges blood with Damon, making a secret deal with him she kept hidden from Stefan, knowing he would disapprove, tying herself to both brothers as Katherine did centuries ago. While waiting for Stefan one night, Elena feels as if a presence inside a storm is coming for her, and she frantically tries to escape by crossing the bridge over a river. The car, which she has borrowed from Matt, veers off the road and into the river, and she drowns.