Nadine, a sixteen-year-old runaway new to the city, is set up in a decaying Georgian house by her Finnish lover, Kai. Slowly, she begins to suspect that Kai's plans for her have nothing to do with love. 'Be careful' warns Enid, a sitting tenant in the house, who knows all about murderous passion and staying alive. When Nadine discovers that Kai intends to rent her out to a government minister with special tastes, Enid's warning takes on a prophetic quality . . .