Jake Chase, a young Bohemian poet living in 1899 Britain, defies his mother by leaving behind his culterd, cassical lifestyle in England by joining the colorfully diverse clique inhabiting the dark, fantastical underworld of St Petersberg, Russia. The legendary club Marstall is the city of sin. In this seedy but glamorous haven of sex, drugs and newly-discovered electricity, the "poet-innocent" finds himself plunged into a passionate but ultimately tragic love affair with Emerald, the club's highest paid star and the city's most famous courtesan. Their romance is played out against the infamous club -- a meeting place of high and low, where slumming aristocrats and the fashionably rich mingle with workers, artists, bohemians, actresses and courtesans. But Emerald has a dream and there's only one man who can get her there. Jake fights for his love, beauty, freedom and truth while Emerald is swept into the money, the sex and the glamour. But is the greatest thing you can ever learn, just to love and be loved in return?