Too much water hast thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears.
Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
Thou art not conquered . . .
Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe
That unsubstantial death is amorous,
And that the lean abhorrèd monster keeps
Thee here in dark to be his paramour
The Wheel of the Year turns to Beltane. Returning to Riverton after the tumultous events in Chicago, Maren and Cyrus celebrate the union of The Green Man and the May Queen with Maren's mentor and coven. They move into a house Maren once called a faery castle. Cyrus's renovations and the gardens they're creating promise a faery tale happy-ever-after. They also anticpate the annual May Babies Ball at a local river camp where Maren's life-long friends honor the people born in May . This year, Cyrus is one of the May Babies, signalling his acceptance into the Riverton community. A true faery tale seems in the offing, but the original faery tales were dark and bloody. Maren discovers the body of her best friend in the river in the early hours of the morning after the Ball. A tragic accident caused by too much to drink, or is something more sinister afoot?