Louise Carmichael is the daughter of an English artist and a French emmissary. When she first meets Geoffrey Carmichael she is 19, working for her grandfather in his famous art gallery in Paris and desolate. Geoffrey offers escape - to her father's world and a life of her own, but she could have no idea that life in Oxford would come complete with its own constraints and restrictions. Twenty years later she makes a small bid for freedom and the taste of liberty is a dangerous thing wth unforseen results. . . .