Hazel Emmett won't let her left leg cerebral palsy burden anyone. Through working long hours, she can run her traditional sweet shop alone but one carefree romance might let her pretend to be normal for a while. Dancer Romeo McGrath is mistakenly arrested and given community service as Hazel's assistant for the Christmas build up. After twenty nine of them, Romeo has had enough of women using him for their bad boy fling. All the same he invents reasons to bring Hazel along as his pretend partner during his investigation into the missing racehorses that have baffled the authorities. If he finds them it will show that he isn't a criminal like the rest of his family. It is nothing about proving himself worthy of love. Between derelict stables, a charity chief with a secret, a double jobbing politician and dancing in strange places, Hazel and Romeo discover more than they expected. As Christmas approaches, they must figure out what is real and what is pretend.