In seventeenth-century France, against a backdrop of witch trails, regicide and religious frenzy, Juliette finds herself seeking refuge among the sisters of the remote abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la- Mer. Once an actress and rope dancer, forced to abandon the travelling life, Juliette makes a new life for herself and her young daughter, Fleur.
But times are changing; politically and socially with the murder of the King, Henri IV; and closer to home when a new Abbess is appointed, the eleven-year-old child of a corrupt and noble family bent on reform. Worse yet, Juliette is faced with a ghost from the past, Guy LeMerle, a man she has every reason to fear and hate.
Masquerading as a cleric, LeMerle's malicious influence causes secrets to be uncovered and passions unleashed. Juliette and LeMerle engage in a deadly game of wits and wills, from which only on of them can come out alive . . .