Kate Latimer, a promising playwright, jumps at the chance to observe the production of a major Broadway musical. Expecting merely to sit on the sidelines and watch while Daisy, Daisy! is brought to life, Kate is instead quickly drawn into the production by Daniel Gaynes, the attractive young director.
From the start of rehearsals in New York through tryout runs in Washington and Boston, Kate takes an unforgettable journey behind-the-scenes as the cast and director struggle to create a hit show. Working in the theater she loves beside a man she is coming to love, and with a possible production of her own play in the offing, Kate has never been happier.
The future seems assured. But rivalry springs up between the stars, actors have to be replaced, fault lines in the musical's script become apparent, the director falters, and the out-of-town tryouts reveal the show is in deep trouble. Two of the producers turn to Kate for help.
As the curtain goes up on opening night on Broadway, the fate of the show and the people involved hang in the balance.