Nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton lives with her father and aunt in Cambridge; her life is loveless and bleak, with her aunt and father living frugal, dreary lives, and actively making sure she does the same. Somehow, Harriet manages to maintain her beloved ballet lessons and when a Russian ballet master comes looking for dancers for a South American tour, Harriet manages to escape her dreary life – and the man her father was going to force her to marry! Lying to her father and running off to London, she is soon on a boat bound for a new world. Performing in grand opera houses in the jungle seems a lifetime away from Cambridge and Harriet meets the mysterious and handsome Rom Verney, a British exile. Delightful and enchanting like all of Ibbotson’s books, this is a lovely read.