On the cusp of the twentieth century, Manhattan is a lively metropolis buzzing with talent. But after a young soprano meets an untimely end on stage, can one go-getting leading lady hit the right notes in a case of murder?
New York City, 1899. When it comes to show business, Gilded Age opera singer Ella Shane wears the pants. The unconventional diva breaks the mold by assuming &;trouser roles&;&;male characters played by women&;and captivating audiences far and wide with her travelling theatre company. But Ella&;s flair for the dramatic takes a terrifying turn when an overacting Juliet to her Romeo drinks real poison during the final act of Bellini&;s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Weeks after the woman&;s death is ruled a tragic accident, a mysterious English duke arrives in Greenwich Village on a mission. He&;s certain someone is getting away with murder, and the refined aristocrat won&;t travel back across the Atlantic until Ella helps him expose the truth.
As Ella finds herself caught between her craft and a growing infatuation with her dashing new acquaintance, she&;s determined to decode the dark secrets surrounding her co-star&;s fatale finale&;before the lights go dark and the culprit appears for an encore . . .