Fables starts with a relatively simple premise: Many of the characters we know and love from various fables and stories now happen to live, in relative secrecy, in New York City. Long ago, they all lived in their own little various realms, but they've fled into exile over the centuries after a big baddy (generally referred to as the Emperor or the Adversary) conquered all of their homelands (and they chose our happy little realm of Earth because, so far, it seems to be the one place that the Adversary isn't interested in getting his mitts on). So now they live in modern-day NYC amongst the "mundanes" (i.e., you and me), living as a secret community they've dubbed "Fabletown." While the mayor of Fabletown is King Cole, things are really run by his deputy, Snow White. She's several centuries divorced from Prince Charming (who's also divorced from his subsequent wives, Briar Rose [a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty] and Cinderella), and she's a cold-hearted gal who never wants to hear any reference to her "tawdry little adventure with those seven dwarves."