It was Ainsley's own dumb fault. He had crawled up to the attic one day and heaved open an old trunk, of which a book of fairytales sat at the bottom. Ainsley learned, the hard way, why exactly the book was locked up in the trunk. Ainsley's life wasn't exactly magical in the first place, and it just went steadily downhill when he cracked open that book.
On the first day of Spring, Ainsley turns into a Devonti; a creature reminiscent of an Earthly sheep. He turns back into himself, all gangly rumpled brown hair and startled hazel eyes, at the beginning of Autumn. He thinks, of course such a thing would happen to him; he with the ... well, not evil, but apathetic step-mother and preoccupied father, who are too busy looking after his five younger siblings to even register that his annual half year 'academic camp' is a lie. During the six months in which he is apparently a divine kind of sheep, he dodges witches that are after his horns, he cuddles up to maidens who want to spin his yarn into sweaters and he sings beautiful songs with woodland creatures as he helps Snow White clean her house. He lives inside of a Disney movie, which wouldn't be so depressing if it wasn't for the fact that witches are terrifying and that your knight in shining armour happens to be ... yourself.
Ainsley is cursed and the only way to break the curse is for someone to bestow upon Ainsley true love's kiss. Of course. Kissing people is always the logical solution to any problem. Disney movies make it look so easy but it's been about five years since Ainsley was cursed. Ainsley is awkward, clumsy and shy and it's hard enough making friends, let alone trying to find true love in the six months he has when he's a human. Miraculously, there have been a few people that Ainsley has managed to get close to - and yes, even kissed - but it wasn't true love and nothing happened. Obviously. Otherwise Ainsley would have stopped turning into a Devonti by now. Life for Ainsley is like being Odette, the Swan Princess except he's not a swan (he really doesn't think life would be that bad if he was a swan) and no prince or princess has even come close to breaking his curse. Coupled with the worrying situation with his sister, Peggie, Ainsley thinks that maybe he'll be the first fairytale figure that won't find his happy ending.