Three young women work at Madame Theraux's luxurious brothel in Paris of 1870. Jeanne-Marie, a young, widowed French peasant with a child to support, serves caviar and champaign at Madame Theraux's soirees. Dianne Gautier, a wealthy English heiress in disguise, has her own twisted reasons for working at Madame Theraux's. Maggie MacNeil, from a sordid background in New York's Hell's Kitchen, runs away to Paris only to find she must sell her body at this establishment to support herself. Set amidst the impending Prussian invasion and blockade of Paris--followed by the conservative French faction's ruthless slaughter of Parisians--the lives and loves of these three women are chronicled in this wonderful tale of lust, war, courage, and love.
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