Katie Byrne is 17. Tall and beautiful with red-gold hair, she has always wanted to be an actress. Her two best friends share her passion and spent much of their childhood together rehearsing plays in an old barn in Connecticut. But one day the barn, scene of so many happy dreams, becomes the scene of a nightmare: one of her friends is raped and murdered, the other lies unconscious.
Ten years later, Katie, a struggling actress in New York, is still haunted by the tragedy. She desperately wants success, both for herself and for her friends. Her chance comes when she wins a major role in a Broadway play and embarks on a promising love affair. But Katie must exorcise the demons of the past before she can embrace the future.