Young, beautiful, fallen, Sophie Glavani has brought shame on her family. She realizes that she must now learn the art of seduction in order to survive in turbulent times. Her beauty and charm are so great that the world is entranced. Men are driven to madness, women moved to jealousy. She leads the King of Poland in the polonaise. Now, dying and surrounded by her family, Sophie relives her life's dance for the final time; her journey from fallen woman to countess, the men she has captivated, the hearts she has broken. Eva Stachniak creates a brilliant eighteenth-century world and weaves a compelling tale of a courtesan's love, her life and her death.