“To have an extraordinary life, Lucette believes, one must have an extraordinary name. Horrified by the pedestrian names her husband chooses for their unborn child (Tanguy if it’s a boy, Joelle if it’s a girl), Lucette does the only honorable thing to save her baby from such an unexceptional destiny – she kills her spouse. While in prison, Lucette gives birth to a daughter to whom she bequeaths the portentous name of an obscure saint, Plectrude, before hanging herself.” From her beginnings, Plectrude seems fated for a life like no other. Raised by an indulgent and adoring aunt, she is a dreamy child who is discovered to have enormous gifts as a dancer. Accepted at Paris’s most prestigious ballet school, Plectrude devotes herself to artistic perfection, giving dance her heart and soul – and ultimately her body. As her world shatters as easily as her bones, she learns to survive in the only way she knows how – by committing an act of deadly self-preservation her mother would have understood best.