In fabulously wealthy London, 1909, dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist, a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind, like her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art, her participation in the suffragette movement, and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse, or the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high-society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must answer one question: Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?