Audrey lives for cooking and Homespun Theater. It's a dream come true when she is asked to help develop a dinner theater at Homespun.
Steve likes Tabor, so different from Hollywood. He enjoys partnering with Audrey, first on stage as Romeo and Juliet, then developing the dinner theater, then frustrating the paparazzi who gather like sharks around Max's wedding.
People from Audrey's painful past return to complicate her life, and threaten her growing friendship with Steve. When things don't add up and stories conflict, Steve fears Audrey is a user and schemer, just like in Hollywood. He doesn't want to believe it.
The problem lies in trusting someone who won't trust him enough to share her secret pain.
"Who is this incredibly creative lady?" Carlo said, after they had laughed together and made wagers on which of their most-loathed gossip papers would release the false story first.
"Actually... She's my Juliet." Steve held his breath, and counted to eight.
"I got cast as Romeo, and Audrey is Juliet."
"Oh ho." Carlo's chuckle rolled over him, warm and rich, with a touch of something that made Steve writhe a little. "Be careful to keep reality separate from the fantasy you'll create."
"Tell me about her. Your mother and I have the right to know the truth about the girl we'll find out you're engaged to by the end of the run."
Steve groaned. He hadn't considered that aspect of getting up on the stage again. Working behind the scenes for eight years now, he had been able to forget what happened the last time he had a leading lady. The sad part was that the girl was so new to the limelight -- winner of a talent search competition -- she actually believed some of the stories she read, pairing her with Steve. For a short while. Fortunately, her awakening came painlessly. When one gossip sheet gave a fictitious biography for her, she realized nothing could be believed just because it was in print.
"Well... okay, she's a baker. I think I heard Max say she went to culinary school. And she's doing pastry for the wedding. She's going to be part of some experiment Joel wants to do with dinner theater..." He groaned again, silently, as he realized he didn't know much else about Audrey, other than where she lived, Max liked her, and she was a loyal member of the cast at Homespun Theater.
"Well, then, I suggest you get to know her better," Carlo said, when Steve related this. "Your leading lady holds your life in her hands, as you hold hers."