When discredited journalist Duncan Spencer is given the assignment to interview world-famous operatic baritone Barkley Reinhardt, he knows it’s fluff, but he’s earning a living and he hopes it can take him one step closer to recovering his career as an influential and serious journalist. The singer is surprisingly more interesting than Duncan expected, and Duncan decides Barkley, with his reputation of being increasingly difficult and demanding, would make an excellent subject for a biography. When they meet, Duncan is surprised to find that Barkley has become jaded, is dissatisfied with fame and a life of touring, and deeply desires to pursue drastically different passions.
Although they are worlds apart in careers and interests, mutual fear and desperation rushes Duncan and Barkley into romance. But neither man has taken the time to really know the other, believing instead that what one needs, the other can provide. And then, when Barkley finds out that Duncan is planning to write his biography, he assumes Duncan is just like so many others: seeking only to benefit from his fame. How can a romance that started out so wrong-footed survive after such a blow?