It’s 1914 and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband for the lure of Los Angeles, determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”–the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers.
In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose golden curls and lively spirit have made her the world’s first superstar and “America’s Sweetheart.” the two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, sharing a passionate fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.
But their ambitions are challenged by both the men they love and by the limitations imposed on their gender–and their astronomical success will come at a price Theirs is the story of a glittering new era–its myths and icons, its heartbreak and seduction and its dazzling possibilities.