The central character in this gripping story which is set against the background of Cape Town and the West Coast of South Africa is Margot Rowlands, a strong-minded woman who in her early forties has lost none of her youthful attractiveness and rules her life and her family with a firm hand.
Beset by thoughts of her oncoming middle years she is an easy victim for a little romantic adventure on the side. But what she palms off to herself as a harmless flirt develops into an obsessive affair, becoming for her an escape into a secret world.
A talented amateur actress, she uses her acting abilities to cover up her underlife, a balancing act which collapses when her affair is abruptly ended by a tragic accident and she is charged with murder. Seeking to escape the burdens of guilt while trying to prove her innocence, she becomes the victim of a tragic fate which has its roots in her secret past.