A heart-wrenching saga that follows the life of a supremely talented dancer whose life if the stuff of drama. A bleak Yorkshire childhood is transformed by her amazing gifts; a dangerous love affair leads to heartbreak; and she guards a secret that would topple her from the pinnacle of fame if it ever came to light.
Hester Fielding was the leading ballerina of her day. Now she has returned to Yorkshire, to Wychwood where, each year at Christmas, a ballet is performed on Twelfth Night in the little theatre there. Just before the company arrives at Wychwood, Hester receives a phone call that brings back haunting memories. As the dancers prepare for the opening night of Sarabande, and loyalties shift and tempers flare, the past comes crashing into the present in ways that Hester could never have predicted.