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Mary should have been a distinguished paleontologist, as her findings are being exhibited in such renown institutions as, for example, the British Museum in London, but being a woman-scientist is not socially accepted in Victorian England. Mary lives with her mother in a small coastal town and instead of doing what she loves and is wonderful at, she works as a shopkeeper and sells souvenirs. When Charlotte enters her world, it does not seem Mary’s frustrated life of an unfulfilled intellectual will changed. Quite the contrary, the young lady is deceitfully left in her care, as Charlotte’s husband, an elitist British scientist, pretends to be interested in Mary’s findings only to pay her to oversee his “melancholic” wife while he goes on a journey to brag about his knowledge and experiences. The two women who have nothing in common need to stay under one roof and pretend everything is fine and lovely. And they do, until one day something happens that makes them seek forbidden love that will make each of them revalue everything they thought and stood for.