Brystal Bailey/Evergreen, a young girl who lived in the Southern Kingdom where females were expected to only be mothers and wives.
To read so she could escape the depressing life in the Southern Kingdom so she took a job at the library as a maid to secretly read the books inside
she was caught accidentally doing magic by reading an ancient text from a book so she was sent to a horrid, brutal correctional facility where a woman named Madame Weatherberry comes and saves her and brings her to a magic school located in the In-between woods with other students she picked up on the way
They start learning magic, but soon Brystal finds out that Madame Weatherberry was sneaking off to fight a powerful witch called the Snow Queen who could kill her.
Brystal tells the others and they go off to help Madame Weatherberry; however, when Brystal was alone with the Snow Queen, she realized that MAdame Weatherberry was her! She wanted Brystal to kill her before she did more damage, but Brystal refused and said she could hide away somewhere in the Northern Mountains. When the others came back she pretended that Madame Weatherberry perieshed, but the Snow Queen was defeated leading them to earn respect from the kingdoms.