New Orleans-The Land of Dreams... At the turn of the century it was a bustling panoply of breathtaking contrasts, of new and old, dazzling wealth and aching poverty. Into this world came beautiful Jenny Straus. Still a girl on the trembling brink of womanhood when her father met a violent death, Jenny transformed his modest shop into a golden showcase for the satin and lace masterpieces that adorned both the aristrocratic women of the city's Garden District and Storyville's ladies of the night.
Jenny's exquisite taste and vision spawned a fashion empire that reached into the salons of Paris. But her heart yearned for the blazing love promised so many years before.. for Marc Goldman, rich, billiant, obsessed with the talent that tore him from her passionate arms, condemned her to a marriage of shame, and to the haunting, wordless secret that would shadow her triumph until she found the freedom to love-and be loved.