Emerging penniless from yet another failed affair, the seductive Mrs. Erlynne, scorned by many as a 'woman of ill repute,' leaves 1930's New York for the Amalfi coast, where she hopes to find a new 'patron' among the vacationing aristocrats. The mean-spirited gossip stirred up by Mrs. Erlynne's arrival isn't enough to dissuade the jovial, kind-hearted Lord Augustus from falling in love with her. But Mrs. Erlynne has already set her sights on the married Robert Windermere, a wealthy young American who falls quickly under her spell. Windermere's faithful wife, Meg, is herself distracted by the flirtatious overtures of Lord Darlington, a notorious playboy. But when she learns of her husband's blossoming affair, Meg resorts to drastic measures, with unexpected consequences for everyone involved.