After studying the chemical processes behind the decay of living flesh, Victor Frankenstein discovers how to create life and creates a creature in his lab. The book at first takes the form of a series of letters and a retelling of stories that led to this moment.
The book then switches to the perspective of the monster who tells of his struggles to come to terms with his existence. The monster then demands that the doctor create a female companion for him to find happiness with, or else he will murder his family and ruin his life.
Inspired by the story of an alchemist in Frankenstein Castle in Odenwald, Germany, the occult and human experimentation are explored in a book first written as a competition with two friends to write the best horror story.