Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers.
As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child.
Twelve-year-old Anna is staying with her grandmother, Mim, for the summer. She's hoping that the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration filled with floats and music, will help take her mind off her parents' troubled marriage.