The gifted pianist suffers from a terrible stammer and (undiagnosed) Tourette’s syndrome.
In the 1800’s stuttering was considered controllable. The stutterer was often traumatized by treatments and ‘cures.’ Tourette’s syndrome was still unknown and treated like insanity. Admittance into 19th century asylum could be a death sentence.
One night after a concert, a beautiful woman slips into Archer’s dressing room with seduction on her mind and bitter envy in her heart. Privileged and entitled Victoria Hesselbeck covets the music and wants to own the composer.
After his first sexual experience, Archer becomes obsessed with the older woman. At first, she’s satisfied with having a genius at her command. However, she grows impatient with his stammer and decides to ‘cure’ him. Soon, Victoria forces him to control his tics, too. These demands have devastating results. Archer stops composing, stops playing and sinks into a dangerous depression.
One woman witnesses his gradual breakdown. Torry Newhouse wants to help him. She risks her job, her well-being and even her life to keep the music alive and the man she loves from tipping over into insanity.
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