The Story

A 10th-century German noblewoman is forced into a loveless marriage. In secret, she writes romantic comedies like the Greek and Roman plays she studied as a child. Her husband finds out and threatens her life. She must flee. She makes her way to Gandersheim Abbey, one of the few places where women are allowed to become independent scholars. But the only way she can gain admission is to invent a new identity, and this unexpectedly lands her in solitary confinement. Her passion and faith sustain her, and she goes on to become a powerful force within the abbey. When the abbey’s very existence is threatened, she uses her artistic talents to save it. In doing so, she becomes her true self and secures her place in history as Europe’s first female playwright.