A Cinderella Re-telling: When Ella's mother dies, leaving her nine year old daughter stricken with grief, Ella gets told one very important thing: Have courage and be kind. When Ella's father dies nine years later, she is left with only her step mother, two step sisters, and the joyful memories of her childhood. But when she runs into a kind stranger in the woods, he seems...strangely familiar. He is a strong spirited young man, only a few years older then Ella herself. She becomes fascinated with him, and knows little about his mutual feelings. Then the King throws a ball on his son's behalf, and invites every person in the kingdom whether of noble blood, or not. Ella is determined to find a way to attend this ball, and she is more then determined to find her happy ending.