It's about a sixth-century Irish harper living in late-twentieth-century Denver, keeping herself magically young and trying to scheme a way to win her lover's release from the Fae bard who's held her captive for centuries. One of her harp students is a heavy metal bassist who takes her to an Yngwie Malmsteen concert, wherein she realizes the potential of neoclassical shred as a magical weapon and takes up guitar.
This pagan lesbian rock and roll fantasy is one of the best books I've ever read. Sadly it's far and away the best thing Ms.Baudino (one of my faves) ever wrote. I've read it at least six times and it is one of the three books I buy up every copy I see and pass out like trick or treat candy. It is the story of Christa, an ancient pagan druid harper in modern day colorado. And her quest to use heavy metal to free her lover from the clutches of The Fey. The music scenes are realistic as is the human interaction. I reccommend this book to anyone who likes pagans, heavy metal, or lesbians.