Paris bubbles in the blistering heat of a 1920s summer. It is the home of young Irish designer Eileen Gray whose spectacular new collection has made her the toast of the city’s chic. Hotly pursued by the urbane couturier Jacques Doucet, Eileen loves another – a secret love to whom she is devoted. While to the outside world her work may appear to be all she needs, Eileen nurses a deep void inside that only one can ever fill. Years later in 1970s New York, her work makes a major comeback when Yves Saint Laurent pays top price for Le Destin, her acclaimed lacquer screen. This has young antiques expert Jack Devine hot-footing from New York to Paris. He is determined to reveal the woman – now in her 90s – behind the legend. The unexpected visit prompts Eileen’s reluctant memories, and both young man and old woman embark on a journey through time that reveals remarkable secrets of a distant past.