True beauty lies within. Except inside The Vault, where life can be ugly and love is dangerous. Under its protective shield, Beauty spends her nights reading and her days scavenging precious artifacts in hopes of securing a good life after the war—until her father loses something precious and must give her to the Beast as payment. The Beast knows The Vault's secrets and has a dangerous one of his own. Hiding behind a mask and his fearsome reputation, the Beast is racked with guilt and self-loathing. He's given up hope of any kind of happiness—especially love. For who could ever love a monster? But when Beauty enters his life, she discovers the true nature of The Vault—and the man behind the mask. Now they must find a way to stop their enemies from executing their final plan...or not even true love will be enough to save them.