Guy and Harriet Pringle marry after a six month courtship. Still getting to know each other, they arrive in Bucharest, where Guy works as a lecturer for the British Council. Over the preceding years Guy builds an eclectic network of friends and acquaintances. These charismatic contacts include his work colleague Clarence, his boss Lord Inchcape, the eccentric Prince Yakimov and Sophie, a local Romanian beauty. Harriet appears tough, but is also vulnerable, nuances that Guy often misses as he plunges wholeheartedly into one project after another. Whilst he knows and loves everyone, she knows no one and starts to wonder whether she really knows Guy either.