Daisy Holt was always convinced that something wonderful was just about to happen, and when dismissed from her post as a nursery maid, she set off cheerfully into the jungle of Mid-Victorian London protected by nothing but her innocence. When Kitty Hammond, proprietress of the ‘select establishment’ discovered her, she was quick to realise that Daisy had a rare talent and she was, unwittingly, saved from a life of prostitution to become a successful entertainer. It was there she met impoverished artists John Skelton. To him, Daisy represented the perfect model, one who would inspire his work. But Daisy fell hopelessly in love with him. Her love would launch her on a stormy career in which luxury, admiration and suffering would all play a part.