The city walls are annoying. At night Red slips past their boundaries, following Meritt right up to the edge of the forest. It’s a game, a minor rebellion, a step towards adulthood and freedom. She doesn’t believe the stories of voices rattling in the leaves, strange creatures glimpsed at midnight. She doesn’t think the woods hide hideous monsters and beautifully predatory men. She doesn’t think the trees drive women insane. But she’s wrong.