Cheshire, the 1920s, a time of great glamour and decadence, high living and loose morality, a time where anythong goes - and does. Amber Vrontsky is the heiress to the Pickford dynasty, presided over by the formidable Blanche. Obsessed with social climbing, Blanche wants nothing more for her granddaughter than a titled husband - something which, despite her immense wealth, she failed to secure. But free-spirited Amber is intent on forging her own artistic career with the silk she loves so much. Unable to disobey Blanche, however, she moves to society London to become a debutante - and enters a world of illicit affairs, drug-taking, gambling, lavender marriages and corruption.