Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academy to paint, and to flee
the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage
to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy
the dazzling joys of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty.
Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud
takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But
Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into
the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers.
Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her
into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.