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Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. – Lao Tzu
The Wheel of the Year turns to Beltane. Returning to Riverton after the tumultuous 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 anticipate the annual May Babies Ball at a local river camp where Maren's old friends honor the people born in May. This year, Cyrus is one of the May Babies, signaling 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. Originally deemed a tragic accident caused by too much to drink, the police discover some clues hinting that something more sinister is afoot. Old enemies join forces, and fears divide the town into factions. Are other party-goers in danger? Are Maren and Cyrus targets, or are they the perpertrators?
The Judgement Tarot card advises Maren that "judgment day," symbolizing accountability for one’s actions, is at hand. But for whom?