For the characters, see Henry Mills and Violet Morgan.
Henry and Violet finally have a chance to be alone. Granted, it's on a school field trip, but with some clever planning and strategic maneuvering, they can orchestrate their own adventure in New York City, a fairytale land in its own right.
While they search for a treasured item that once belonged to Violet's father, they are met with obstacles they could never have predicted. What they thought would be a romantic getaway ends up being a true test of their relationship. The question remains: Are they destined for a happily ever after?
- Henry Mills
- Violet Morgan
- Sir Hank Morgan
- Regina Mills
- Emma Swan
- Mary Margaret Blanchard
- Isaac Heller
Fairytales and FolkloreEdit
- The man whom Violet overhears at Battery Park gives the recitation: "You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn."
- Several real-life locations in New York City appear throughout the novel.
- Battery Park, which the students and chaperones of Storybrooke High bypass in order to reach the ferry terminal for the boat ride around the Statue of Liberty and to reach Ellis Island.
- The Bowling Green subway station, where Henry and Violet mix up the address they are headed to and take the Uptown 4 train to the Union Square subway stop. This puts them in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, rather than the West Village they had intended to go to.
- Washington Square Park and the Stonewall memorial, which Henry and Violet pass on their way to Mildred's shop.
- Central Park.
- The Tiffany & Co. flagship store and Montblanc on Fifth Avenue.
- The SoHo area of Manhattan, where Mildred lives.
- The Empire State Building.
- The Hudson River, where the students of Storybrooke High go on a dinner cruise.
- Columbia University.
- An unnamed neighborhood of Brooklyn.
- Chelsea Piers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Madame Tussauds wax museum are mentioned but do not appear.
- A couple in the East Village dance to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
- The tune the beraggled elderly man sings, "Whitney comes to Fourth Street, to bring Mildred and Emmett a morning treat. Then it's on to Tiffany's shiny rings, until the next day when she brings more delicious things" is a reference to the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and movie adaptation of the same name.