The book is about Kate, a young lady that comes from a long line of miniature painters. As her father looses his eyesight, she secretly paints his miniatures for him. As she slowly breaks the gender barrier of Victorian Europe, she meets the Baron de Centeville. He uses her to take revenge on his cousin, and the result changes her life completely. She leaves and thinks the Baron is out of her life, but they meet again in war-torn Paris. Will she ever forgive him?