When Kathleen de Burca, her life in crisis, returns to her native Ireland, she is in search of the truth behind a story of a love so passionate it burned its way through barriers of class and culture. In so doing, she not only travels back to the Ireland of the 1850s and into the heart of a tragic love story, but also starts to examine her own troubled past. Then, finding a love of her own, Kathleen faces a choice which could change her life profoundly and discovers just how powerful the human heart is . . .