A royal ball is held in Camelot, but a dark turn of events forces David and Robin to take action. Meanwhile, Regina's fortitude is tested as she tries to safeguard Emma; and back in Storybrooke, Hook attempts to bring ...
Hook and Belle search for a way to release the fairies from the Sorcerer's hat, Emma, Regina and Henry continue to look for clues that could lead them to the Author, and Gold and Ursula enlist Cruella to join their cause, as flashbacks show their first meeting.
Regina and Henry turn to Marco and Pinocchio for help in their quest to find the Author. Emma worries that Mary Margaret and David are hiding something from her as they remain wary of Cruella and Ursula.
In order to infiltrate the Queens of Darkness as a spy, Regina has to prove that she is still a villain. Meanwhile, Hook asks Belle for an unusual favor, and Henry makes progress on his search for the Author.
Maleficent puts Storybrooke under a sleeping curse in an attempt to steal the page that the Author is trapped inside. Mary Margaret and David struggle with their guilt as flashbacks show them go to extreme lengths to protect their unborn child from darkness.
Regina's plans to head to New York to rescue Robin from Zelena are halted when Cruella kidnaps Henry, as flashbacks show her encounter the Author, who encourages her to stand up to her oppressive mother.
The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Gold. Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story's final page is turned. It's a race to the finish, and everything culminates with a shocking twist that will leave the residents of Storybrooke reeling.
A royal ball is held in Camelot, but a dark turn of events forces David and Robin to take action. Meanwhile, Regina's fortitude is tested as she tries to safeguard Emma; and back in Storybrooke, Hook attempts to bring Emma back to the light.