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ARIEL HAWK goes out on Halloween with two of her friends. As they head home from a party, they argue over whether Fae exist, with Ariel insisting they do. PRINCE FIACHRA appears, claiming to be proof. Ariel stuns him with a blow to the jaw, and she and her friends flee to a nearby church. Fiachra recovers and hunts them down, cornering them in the churchyard. He sedates Ariel and takes her back to Faerie with him, intent on marrying her on Midwinter Eve.
VINCENT HAWK, Ariel's father, runs to the rescue, but reaches the churchyard moments too late to help. He takes Ariel's friends home, then joins with his brother DOM to plan and prepare for a rescue attempt. They go from Leeds to Stonehenge the next night, and open a portal to Faerie. On the other side, a Pooka tells them where to go in exchange for a story.
Ariel wakes in Caer Celynnen, stronghold of the Winter Court, and meets Fiachra and his father, KING MADOC MORFRYN. At a celebratory banquet, Ariel refuses to eat, fearing the food to be enchanted. Afterward she befriends LÓEGAIRE, a guard. The next morning, Fiachra tries to force-feed Ariel, and has her whipped when she fights back. His sister, PRINCESS MÉABH, offers Ariel comfort, and promises to help her by seeking out Vincent and Dom. That night at a ball, Ariel resists the enchanted music that dulls her desire to return home. She learns of Méabh's motive for helping her against Fiachra: Méabh and Lóegaire were once lovers, but Fiachra betrayed them by lying to King Madoc, and claiming Lóegaire had violated Méabh. As punishment, King Madoc cursed Lóegaire, and forbade him and Méabh to even touch again.
Méabh departs the next day to find Vincent and Dom. Lóegaire gives Ariel a box of art supplies, wanting to make her feel more comfortable in Faerie. While testing them out, she meets a Pooka named EIRA, who is willing to be Ariel's friend rather than just a servant. Ariel grows impatient with waiting to hear from Méabh, and tries to flee the castle. Fiachra catches her and locks her in a dungeon, where she works on climbing the icy walls to reach the window.
Vincent and Dom hike on through Faerie, encountering a variety of Fae with sinister motives. A Merrow attempts to drown Dom, but Vincent kills her. LENORE, a Leannan Sidhe, attacks Vincent in thirst. She is wounded when he resists, and flees despite his offer to help her. A Redcap catches them in a snare, intent on using their blood to dye his cap; when they realize he won't be reasoned with, they fight back and kill him. Vincent initially regrets the bloodshed, but comes to see it as a necessary evil. A band of goblins attack them in the night, but Méabh arrives and helps Vincent and Dom. The next day, she takes them back toward Caer Celynnen.
Ariel escapes her cell and flees into the woods around the castle. She runs into Lenore, who alludes to having met Vincent, then attacks. Ariel stabs her in self-defense, apologizes and flees. A group of guards find her and return her to the castle. As she recovers from Lenore's attack, she tells Eira of her desire to escape. The next day, Ariel is rushed through her wedding preparations. When she insists to Fiachra that she can't marry him, he tries to kill her instead. She puts out his eye in self-defense; King Madoc rules it attempted regicide and orders her execution.
That night Lóegaire and Eira help Ariel flee into the woods. Ariel joyously reunites with Vincent, Dom and Méabh. King Madoc and his guards surround them, demanding Ariel's return. Ariel refuses, and Vincent attempts to reason with King Madoc, urging him to let her go. Before King Madoc can answer, Fiachra (who had followed in secret) stabs him in the back. As a guard kills Fiachra, Vincent rushes to help King Madoc, along with Dom, Ariel and Méabh. In return for saving his life, King Madoc permits the humans to leave freely.
Once farewells are said, Meabh and Eira take the humans to a nearby rift. They return home to Leeds, where Ariel reunites with her friends and readjusts to life where she belongs.