Zoli Notovna is a poet by accident as much as desire. As fascism spreads over Czechoslovakia, she and her grandfather flee an unspeakable loss to join a clan of fellow Romani harpists. As Zoli shapes the ancient songs to her times, she finds her gift embraced by the Gypsy people, and, for the first time, by the world outside their circle. 

But Zoli has become an instrument herself, in the hands of the powerful, and her greatness in her art will see her severed and exiled from the people and tradition she loves, setting her on a path she must tread alone...