LAURA DEVON becomes Florence Nightingale's maid, a life little better than slavery, as a starving DANIEL COLLINE flees Ireland's potato famine. They fall in love at London's 1851 Great Exhibition, where she sees a camera and vows to become a photographer -- it will set her free. Laura accompanies Florence to nurse wounded soldiers and take photographs in the Crimea, where Daniel has joined the Light Brigade. They will marry once her photographs expose the soldiers' suffering to the British public. But first Daniel must survive a suicidal cavalry charge, while political forces are intent on obliterating Laura's work. After all, she is only a maid, a woman, and therefore has no rights. They do not know Laura Devon.