As a child, Uccello is discovered to have a truly magnificent singing voice. It is decided that he will become a professional singer but at what cost? As the story unfolds, the reader uncovers the heights of a renowned 18th century singer juxtaposed to the seedy, treacherous existence of castrati. The amorous adventure of a young singer begins in Italy and takes him to the court of King George of England. Along the way, Uccello makes love to a bevy of courtly beauties who take him to their bed. In the end, though, he makes enemies of wealthy and powerful men who seek to bring the young singer to his fall.