Hollywood, 1939. As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Twenty years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book - because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.
The moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story. The daughter of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a famous suffragette who worked alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Maud led a singular life from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League. But when she fell in love with an itinerate showman, she left academia for a life filled with love for Frank but also marked by struggle, through the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dre