It is the height of the age of the south wind. You are one of many daughters in a distinguished family which has fallen on hard times. There is no money for a dowry for you; to help your family you seek employment as a governess. Your first post is in the home of a rich widower; his sad young daughter is your ward.
The place is very mysterious. There is a wing of the mansion which is forbidden to you. The servants are tightlipped and strange. There are strange noises coming from the forbidden wing. The master of the house is sensually handsome, but he is given to dark brooding. There is much here that you do not understand. Do you try to discover what is going on or do you mind your own business?