But then why haven’t they? How could everything have gone so terribly, horribly wrong? And why does everyone act as if nothing were the matter? Those are the questions that torment Ash, one of the few aware that something dire is afoot, and the only one willing to go in search of answers. Answers he shall find in the cryptic verses of the Perraultimatum, which will send him on a quest in search of the happy endings that never came to pass, hoping against hope that not all is lost to gloom and despair.
Accompanied by four others who share his fate, if not his faith — the unpredictable Hood, the enigmatic Apprentice, the tormented Vasilisa and the dangerous Donkey-Suckle — Ash embarks on an unforgettable adventure in this first book of the fairy-tale dystopia Happily Upon a Time.
All had lived Happily Upon a Time… at least that’s what Ash wanted to believe when he read the Perraultimatum, the legacy of Mother Goose, the last voice of reason in a world which appears to have lost all traces of it. However, Donkey-Suckle, Vasilisa, Hood and Apprentice, the four individuals who joined the lad in his quest for the truth are the definitive proof that things are just the way they are, and that the world is indeed as bad as it appears to be — that no happy endings were to be had and that nothing can be done to change the cruel fate suffered by all.
Surrounded by companions who can help him as easily as kill him, and who are also his sole protection in a world that proves to be increasingly hostile at the turn of each corner, Ash holds on to a last shred of hope and tries to follow Mother Goose’s final instructions to the letter, which lead him to the palace of the Snow Queen, where the Andersenamel — the second piece of the Perraultimatum’s riddle — is to be found. Unfortunately for Ash, he is not the only one who feels that something has transpired: A mysterious individual is systematically slaughtering folkloric characters one by one, and events seem to be leading Ash and his companions towards an untimely end before they can even begin to uncover the truth. The truth about what happened to the world and, perhaps even more important, the truth about themselves.