Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her
face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and
her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.

Until she meets a
privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Leo, a
lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the
Mountain Monster which, rumor says, stalks these lands.

But the
hunt which began as a game holds greater risk than Leo supposes. Rose
Red can scarcely guess at the consequences should he insist on
continuing his search. Dare she trust him with her secret? Or tell him
what dwells at the top of the mountain in the cave only she can find?

all, when Leo asks Rose Red to leave the mountain and follow him to the
low country, dare she agree and risk the wrath of a Monster that is all
too real?