A lavish erotic historical set in 1875
The morals of Queen Victoria mean nothing to London's wayward and debauched elite. Young but naive Clarissa Longleigh is visiting London for the first time. She is eager to meet Lord Marldon - the man to whom she's been promised - knowing only that he's handsome, dark and sophisticated. In fact he is depraved, louche, and has a taste for sexual excess.
Clarissa has also struck up a friendship with a young Italian artist, Gabriel. When Marldon hears of this he is incensed, and imprisons Clarissa in his opulent London mansion. When Gabriel tries to free her, he too is captured and the young lovers find themselves at the mercy of the debauched lord.