Aisling doesn’t need dancing shoes, she needs an escape plan.
Aisling didn’t want to participate in her mom’s TV show where they renovate the family’s ancient ancestral home, so when her mother drags her from San Francisco to Skibbereen, Ireland, she feels only resentment toward the project. The house, known as the Donovan mansion to the locals, is rumored to be haunted, and Aisling soon thinks she knows why: every night at the first stroke of midnight, an empty, driverless carriage pulls up to the front door of the house, and it leaves again as the last stroke of midnight ends. One night after fighting with her mother, Aisling jumps into the carriage and is taken to a nearby circle of standing stones, where Cynder, the king of the Seelie Court, whisks her away to dance. Enchanted by the dance and falling in love with Cynder, she returns night after night, and soon realizes that there is more going on than a nightly escape from her usual life. Cynder wants more than a dance from Aisling, and he’ll go to any length to get what he desires most.