The time is 1924, the place Enosburg Falls, Vermont. At nineteen, Faby Gauthier is still waiting for her life to begin, her days spent with mundane chores as she avoids the crossfire of resentment between her mother and grandmother. As posters go up for the arrival of the annual vaudeville show in the village, Faby is beside herself with excitement. She is the best kind of audience for the Small Time: she does not discriminate. When the show comes to the Opera House at last, pretty, vivacious Faby catches the eye of charming hoofer Slim White, who sets a course for her life she never imagined or wanted.