Anja knows her father has been drinking and gambling away most of their money since she’s the one left to run the family’s mill. She has no idea just how precarious their situation is, however, until her father comes home from a night spent drinking and gambling at the tavern and urges Anja to flee into the woods. He has told their landlord, the cruel and violent Werner, that Anja can turn straw into gold, and now Werner vows to keep Anja captive until she has paid off her father’s debts.
Tillz was just a boy when a brutal attack left his parents dead and Tillz scarred – both physically and emotionally. He has spent his life since then hiding in his cottage in the woods, lurking in the shadows, avoiding human contact whenever possible. The nearby villagers no longer remember him or his family; he has instead become a ghost to them, a story to scare their children into obeying, a rumpelstilzchen. He is perfectly content to keep it that way, but when a dreaded trip into the village to procure necessary supplies reveals Anja’s predicament, he is seized with an impulse to help.
Tillz offers Anja the gold she needs in exchange for a kiss, but neither of them is prepared for the strong and inexplicable attraction between them. They spend three increasingly passionate nights together, both convinced those moments will be all they have. But when Werner decides he is entitled to keep Anja and the gold, Tillz must step out of the shadows to save the woman he has grown to love.