Robin McKinley's Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast follows the struggles of young Honour "Beauty" Huston as she struggles to adjust to living in the enchanted castle of the Beast, far from her home and family.
After Beauty's father, Roderick Huston, takes a single rose from the Beast's garden while being given shelter from a storm in his castle, the Beast demands that Huston be punished for this act of theft. Beauty agrees to take her father's place as the Beast's prisoner, and so she comes to live with him and must face his nightly proposals of marriage. The central conflict is, thus, Beauty's lack of love for the Beast (who, unbeknownst to Beauty, can only break the curse on his family's lineage by finding true love). Ultimately, Beauty realizes that she does love the Beast after being temporarily released to go rescue her sister, Grace, from an unhappy marriage. She returns to the Beast just in time to break the enchantment and save him from death.