India, 1902. When Lilly Myerson is summoned by her mother to spend one hot summer in Nainital, she leaps at the opportunity. It's the only way to escape her violent and controlling husband Royce... but in return, he forces her to leave behind her beloved son Teddy.
In Nainital, Lilly meets Duffy, tiger tamer at the renowned Tiffert's Circus, and together they hatch a plan. She will join the circus, create a new identity, and earn her independence - and hopefully enough money to rescue her son.
Life in the circus, though hard, provides a wonderful escape - but it can only ever be temporary. Royce is hot on Lilly's tail, and Teddy tugs at her heart. What will become of Lilly when the high season ends and the circus packs up for the winter?