The story of a young maiden has been told many times and in many ways. But she always finds out that she is a princessa princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.