Sometimes it takes fear, anger, rejection and forgiveness to discover just who you really are...Sixteen year old Mary Hampton is tall, stunningly beautiful but damaged. Born and raised on an isolated farm in rural New Zealand, she is forced to harbour a horrific secret. Devastated, because she will leave behind her first love and her adored mother, but driven to protect herself, Mary runs away from home. Armed only with determination and the contents of a letter, she travels to France to search for her Parisian birth father. She begins working as a seamstress in the humble back streets of Paris, where her design skills are quickly recognised. Stunningly, beautiful Mary soon makes new friendships and her fashion career is distracted when she is offered a position as a dancer at the glamorous Moulin Rouge. In this bastion of Paris entertainment establishment she gains confidence, glamour and a wealthy, illicit admirer.