Two women. Two scandals meet across generations.
Lucy Whittaker, broken and bruised, leaves England in the wake of a terrible scandal. There is nothing for her in London any more. No job, no friendships, no home…no him. Her life is over. Once the press finds out, she will be the most hated woman in the country.
Lucy responds to an appeal for house help at an isolated mansion in the Italian hills and finds herself moving to a magnificent but deserted castle with sprawling grounds and a decrepit interior. She must keep home, cook and clean, for an unnamed and reclusive American woman.
Over the course of the summer, Lucy begins to uncover the secrets of the house, of the woman she works for, and slowly discovers the tragic love affair that took place…