Isabella Swan, known as Bella, decides to move to her dads’ house in Forks Washington despite her better judgment. She has made it a known fact that she despises Forks because of the cold and rainy weather that’s near constant on the Olympic peninsula. However, Bella loves her mother more—enough to let her free to travel with her baseball playing husband.
With Bella’s homecoming gift being a truck bought by her dad Charlie, the sheriff of Forks, she was a little more comfortable not having to ride in the police chief cruiser to school. However, when she enters her biology class on the first day at a new school, Edward Cullen’s gorgeous and intimidating vampire reaction to her scent had her very uncomfortable. With the rest of the week spent with his absence though, Bella was able to slip into a habitual routine at school as well as home.
The next Monday when Bella was relaxed and enjoying the others’ excitement about the snow she saw him. Edward was in the cafeteria with the other Cullen’s and Hales. In biology though, Edward was surprisingly nice filling the hour with friendly chatter. Bella knew her excitement was stupid, but she couldn’t help feeling it in the mornings looking forward to school, to seeing Edward. He is of course gorgeous, all of them are.
When Bella got to school she was distracted by the snow chains wrapped around her tires and when a van spun out of control it was headed in her direction. Bella was trapped like a deer blinded by headlights, too late to move out of the way. Before the van smashed into her, Edward pushed her out of the way. Bella saw Edward seconds before standing four cars down from her and she couldn’t make since of how he was able to get to her so quickly. Of course whenever she asked Edward to explain she would get an aggravating reply in return. Edward wasn’t going to explain and Bella wasn’t going to give in. The hot headedness from both ends left them not speaking to each other.
A few weeks went by in silence toward each other. It wasn’t until the boys at school started asking Bella to the dance that he paid attention to her again. When Bella turns down Mike, Eric, and Tyler, she uses the excuse that she is going to Seattle that day.
The next day Edward approaches Bella and asked if he could drive her to Seattle himself. Bella was so shocked she could only answer with a nod. At lunch Edward asked her to sit with him, and when Bella fainted during Biology he insisted he drive her home. It was clear that Edward’s attitude had changed and as he said more times than one, he was tired of trying to stay away from her. However, when Edward goes on a camping trip with Emmitt he does stay away from her, and when Monday and Tuesday are full of sunshine Edward stays away longer.
During Edwards’s absence, Bella tries to fill her schedule with a group trip to La Push beach down on the Quileute reservation. It was there that Bella first meets Jacob. Jacob filled Bella in on the Quileute’s legion of the “cold ones.” The legion says that the Cullen’s are “blood drinkers,” or “vampires,” but the Cullen’s and the Quileute’s have a peace agreement because they are peaceful vampires—they only drink the blood of animals. Bella wasn’t sure she could believe Edward and his family is vampires, but she decided either way it didn’t matter. She was hooked and could not stand the thought of not seeing him.
Bella didn’t see him again until she went with Jessica and Angela from school to Port Angeles. The girls were shopping for dresses for the school dance. Bella had decided to go only to distract herself from thinking about Edward in his absence. When Bella took off solo in search for a book store, she found trouble instead. When a group of guys surround her, Edward peels the Volvo in for her escape, and Bella rides home with him after dinner at La Bella Italia. On the way home as well as during dinner, Bella had Edward confessing his secrets, and in return she had to admit her suspicions about him being a vampire. By the end of the trip, Edward confesses Bella’s suspicions to be true—everything Jacob had told her—as well as his mind reading abilities.
The next couple of days Edward and Bella spent their time questioning each other. Edward would pick her up before school and walk her to her classes. He would even sit with her at lunch—a table by themselves of course. When Saturday came their plans of going to Seattle changed because of the sunny weather. Instead Edward took Bella on a five mile hike through the woods. She obviously wasn’t happy about the hike, however, when they reached the meadow she was awed by its beauty. Edward and Bella got close to one another in the clearing surrounded by woods. They shared intimate details about how new and strange their feelings were for each other. When time came for them to head back, Edward took Bella for the ride of her life as he ran through the forest with her on his back.
With the scent of Bella fresh in his mind all day, Edward felt comfortable with giving her a kiss and getting closer to her altogether. He even snuck into her room when Charlie—Bella’s dad—came home and admitted to sneaking in almost every night to watch her sleep.
The next day Edward decides to take Bella to his house to meet his family. Bella was welcomed by Edward’s so called foster parents—Carlisle, and Esme. When Alice and Jasper came down the stairs, Alice swarms Bella with a welcoming greeting. The house was nothing how Bella had imagined it. It was light and open, not your typical vampire statuesque.
While visiting the Cullen’s homestead, Bella was invited to watch them play baseball. The game didn’t exactly go as planned when unexpected guest showed up wanting to play. When the other vampires caught sent of Bella, James the tracker formed a plan to get her. Edward of course knew exactly what James was thinking. With James on the loose tracking Bella’s sent, she wasn’t safe to go home. Edward, Bella, Alice, and Emmitt had formed a plan that would get her out of town and keep Charlie safe and suspicion free. It also required Charlie to be hurt with Bella’s harsh words. When Bella was safely out of town with Alice and Jasper as her protectors, Edward, Carlisle, and Emmitt, would hunt and destroy the tracker. Esme, and Rosealie, would keep an eye on the red headed female while keeping Charlie safe.
While in Phoenix Arizona—the city Bella grew up in—there was nothing to do in the motel except wait for news from the others. When Alice has visions of James they realized he was not being hunted anymore, and when Bella realizes the visions were at her house in Phoenix, Edward, and the others board a plane to get her. Bella wanted to warn her mother not to come home from Florida early so she called the house and left a message on the answering machine. While James was at her house he received the message and the number to call Bella.
When James formed a plan he called Bella and pretended to have her mom in order to get her to sneak away from her careful watchers and meet him at the ballet studio down the road from her house. While there James attacked Bella and filmed the torture hoping to receive a bigger fight when Edward found him. He didn’t know that Edward was closer than expected. When Edward got to the ballet studio, Bella was almost dead with broken bones, fractured skull, and a venomous bite left to turn her into a vampire. Edward had to make the hard decision to suck the venom out.
Bella woke three days later in the hospital, not a vampire. James had been destroyed, but Victoria—the red haired vampire—had gotten away, and Alice staged Bella’s cover up story for her parents. Bella was able to continue her not so normal life.