It's 1845 in New York Ciy, and Edgar Allen Poe is the rage, having just published "The Raven." Poe crosses paths with a poet, Frances Osgood, and the sparked friendship becomes an affair. Poe's very frail wife and her overprotective mother are his responsibility. The focus of vicious gossip, Poe is forced into abject poverty and illness by those who once supported him. Wishing escape and a new start fo the soul-mates, Frances and Poe, the reader experiences Poe's torment of unfulfilled dreams and the horror of his mother-in-law's plan!