13 year old Conor O'Malley was worried. His mother was very sick. Every night at 12:07 the Monster came.
The Monster lived in the tree near the house. It told Conor it would tell him three true stories. In return, Conor promised to tell the Monster a story. If the story wasn't true, the Monster would eat him up.
The first story the Monster told was about a King who married a young lady who was a witch. The King dies and the Prince runs away with a young girl to wait for his chance to be king.
But something went wrong. The Prince in a fit of madness kills the young girl and decides to blame it on the Witch. He convinces the rest of the village and they march on the castle to kill her.
The villagers and the Prince wanted to burn her but the Monster came and saved her. He took her to a faraway land where she would be safe.
"So you see?" asked the Monster. "Sometimes we lie because we don't want to face the truth. Conor didn't say anything and tried to go back to bed.