A young girl in 1920s New Zealand dreams of achieving her aspirations, but at what cost? - 1921, New Zealand. Bright, fiery and pretty, sixteen-year-old Lottie O'Brien lives with her troubled family in an impoverished part of Wellington. Aspiring for a better life, Lottie is befriended by her class teacher Madeleine Carson, who introduces her to her affluent family living in a prosperous part of Wellington. At first, Lottie resists becoming involved with them, but is gradually drawn into their orbit. Her life is soon transformed, but is Lottie prepared to face the consequences?