Rue’s story begins like the story of many a young woman of royal blood: Once upon a time. But her life as a warrior princess is only the first “once upon a time,” not only for her, but for The Beast. Will she learn to recognize The Beast in its succession of human forms, or will she be trapped in recycled lives for an eternity, never recognizing the metamorphosing creature until it’s too late? Embracing love, loss, and pain, she gains strength from every encounter and uses it to fuel her journey through many lives. Unknown to The Beast, Rue has a plan.