Scarlett has always dreamed of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance that includes the audience. This year, after her powerful and cruel father arranged a marriage for Scarlett, the long-dreamt of invitation arrives. Her beloved sister, Tella, whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind . . .