Meghan Chase starts off as a typical teenage student. She’s excited to get her driving temps, has a crush on the cutest boy at school, and gets made fun of by all the cool girls. Meghan makes plans with her only friend, Robbie, for her birthday. However, the day doesn’t go exactly as planned and she is humiliated in front of the entire school. Just as she thinks things can’t get any worse, they do.
That night, Meghan starts to learn about the world of Feary. Her four year old brother has been kidnapped and replaced with a changeling and Robbie starts acting very strange. He tells her that she has to make a choice: forget everything (including that the thing in the next room is not her brother), or go into Feary and save her brother (but she will never be the same after that). She decides to risk it all for her little brother, Ethan
Upon entering the Nevernever in the Wyldwoods, Meghan starts to get herself into trouble. She learns that her friend Robbie, is actually the Faery, Puck, from A Midsummer’s Night Dream. As he starts warning her about what can go wrong for her, a man, Ash, appears and tries to kill Meghan and Puck. Puck leads them away and tells Meghan not to move or talk to anyone. So what does she do? She starts making deals with a cait sith, Grim. He agrees to take her to Puck for a small favor.
After a few misadventures, they reach the Seelie Court to find Puck as been turned into a raven for disobeying the king, Oberon. Grim trades his favor for one from the king. Meghan learns that she is the daughter of Oberon, thus making her a faery princess. This puts her on the bad side of Queen Tatiana (she’s not her daughter, after all) and ends up being tortured with kitchen work until the big coming together of the Seelie and Unseelie courts.
At the grand party that keeps the truce between Seelie and Unseelie, Meghan meets Prince Ash, the man that tried to kill her and Puck. He asks her to Dance and only agrees because refusal would be an insult to the tradition. However, the court is attacked by a chimeron. After the Seelie and Unseelie work together to destroy it, everyone starts blaming each other, and Meghan sees a small metal spider leaving the monster.
Meghan and Grim decide to use the confusion to make their escape and continue the quest for Ethan. Puck joins them in the Real World because Oberon had sent him after them. However, when they enter the Unseelie court to continue searching, they immediately run into Ash. As Puck and Ash start fighting, Meghan is carried off by gremlins to face Ironhorse. She learns that the Iron King has her brother and then Puck and Ash rescue her. Meghan makes a contract with Ash that she will go to Queen Mabb with him if he helps her return her brother to the Real World.
More wild misadventures put Puck in a tree to heal from iron injury, but give Ash and Meghan a witchwood spear (the only weapon that can kill the iron king). They start their journey into the Iron Kingdom. Grim decides to split off and says that his favor from Meghan will be that he can call on her once (she must come immediately and do whatever she can to help him).
As they travel through the Iron Kingdom, Ash keeps getting weaker. He has trouble fighting off their attackers and is taken by the iron fey and Meghan is rescued by a group of “pack rats.” She meets the original Iron King, Ferren, who wanted to just keep the Iron Kingdom peacefully to themselves, but was overthrown by Mechina. Meghan continues her quest. She finds Ethan, frees Ash, and kills Mechina. Grim comes along and helps them escape the other iron fey.
Meghan wakes up in the Real World with Ethan, but Ash is gone. Grim says that he left and not to worry about him. So Meghan takes her brother home. Just as her mother is realizing what all really happened and Meghan is starting to be happy she’s home, Ash shows up. He tells her that it’s time to go. They leave together for the Unseelie Court to fulfill her contract.
The Iron Fey Series:
The Iron King
1.5 Winter's Passage
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
3.5 Summer's Crossing
The Iron Knight