There is a story that tells of a monster who can slip into a crowd of people unseen, one that collects the souls of the tragic victims who step into the forest.
Avalon Capet, the daughter of a wealthy Duke, knows this story well, but already at eleven years of age, she is much too old for fairytales. There are so many more things to worry about like her father being charged with treason, their family's escape to an unknown village, or her two perfect, overbearing sisters.
Having left their luxurious way of life behind, her family adjusts to its new, penniless position in society, and Avalon struggles with both loss and revenge, but almost never love. That is until years later, when the successful and handsome son of her father's business partner strides his way into her complicate existence.
However, life takes a deadly turn from scandalous to perilous when Avalon finds out a contract was made between her father and a powerful faerie, binding the fate of their family to a single white rose.