When Bille's father dies, she goes to live a more cosmopolitan life with her beautiful but unreliable mother.
Bille ricochets between life in London with books and loyal friends, and her more unorthodox existence with her mother and Alessandro on the French Riviera.
Bille's journey into adulthood continues among the lively community of exiles that have gathered in the Mediterranean. But it is not long before she returns to the sanity that is London!.
As Bille watches her mother finally lose control, the tables inevitably turn, one last time.