Feisty Irish gypsy girl, Tamara Redmond is just sixteen when she overhears her parents planning her wedding to the hated Jake Travis. In desperation, she leaves Galway, a place she loves, and stows away with disastrous consequences. She takes refuge in a travelling circus and falls in love with Kit Trevlyn, a trapeze artist. Accused of stealing, she is thrown out. She sleeps rough in Covent Garden where her fear of Jake Travis dominates her waking hours. When he kidnaps her and keeps her captive, Tamara hears a truth, a truth that will change her life and her very existence forever.