Amy is left as a three week-old baby in 1784 in Coram's Foundling Hospital -an institute for unwanted babies in Bloomsbury. She is raised in the harsh and austere conditions until at aged 14 she is sent to work as a servant for the aristocratic Lady Bessborough in Cavendish Square.
She becomes the maid of Lady Bessborough's mentally unstable daughter Lady Caroline Lamb, and she witnesses first hand the opulent and decadent Regancy 'haute ton'.
As Amy grows into a woman, she embarks on many adventures and love affairs, including working for the eccentric poet Lord Byron. Then after years of serving others she finally finds the courage to defy convention and find love and happiness for herself.