'I am a desperate woman,' said Lady Catherine, pointing a flintlock pistol at the young farm hand. 'Strip!'
'Off with your clothes, man. I simply have to have you or I will go mad.'
He almost collapsed with relief. She wasn't a mad woman after all; just another sex-starved wife of the gentry.
And he was happy to oblige.
In eighteenth century Gloucestershire Lady Catherine Balfour is struggling to quell the passions which are surfacing in her at the sight of so many handsome labourers working her land. But she is also despairing of her husband's spendthrift ways. When he commissions aspiring artist Joshua Foxe to paint a portrait of the Balfour family, it is the last straw. However, Foxe is about to turn her world upside down. This man, whom she assumes is a mincing fop, is about to seduce every woman in the village - Catherine included. But she has a rival; her own wilful and haughty daughter Sophie is determined to claim Foxe as her own.
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