Trudi is w eighteen. She has a place at Cambridge University to study medicine, but instead she arrives in Paris to enroll in the Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty of the Sorbonne under the influence of Simon, and is living in an apartment in his Paris mansion. Her benefactor, Simon de Beauvonne may have his own agenda, and his life is complicated with an haute couture house to manage and an estate to run. His wife hates Trudi. Why? Somehow Trudi manages to attract friends who can help her study in the extremely competitive Sorbonne, but it is all hard work. If Simon loves her, how will he resolve issues with his wife Catherine? Scenes of Paris life and the fashion trade intermingled with intrigue and tragedy.