Seventeenth-century London is not accustomed to such a woman. Margaret Featherstone, a widow, manages her own household and business affairs. As a playwright, she consistently competes with England's most creative men for the attention of stage directors, benefactors, and even the King. But Margaret hides a secret longing from the world, and even from herself.

Amy Dudley shares both Margaret's ambition and her longing. With her superb acting ability, Amy could deliver instant acclaim for Margaret's work--but if her past should catch up with her, it could deliver them both to the gallows.