Astarte Travers, a poor peasant girl within a Kingdom that is ruthlessly ruled by a King who has a greed for power. Her and her father produce grain and deliver it to the castle each week for a very small wage that can barely feed them both. But each time Astarte goes and delivers the grain she is constantly spat upon, treated like dirt by the royals and made to kiss their boots in front of everyone in humiliation. One day at her farm she gets a visit from a strange man that claims he can make all her troubles disappear and even help her get revenge on those who humiliated her. Rumplestiltskin offered her a deal to give her the beauty and power she so desired to become greater than those who humiliated her. But in exchange, in one years time he would come to collect her and she would belong to him. Desperate for what he was offering though not realizing what she's gotten herself into she makes the deal. Sealing her fate with the dark one himself.