Maggie Brice, 33, every day growing more crestfallen and broke, is a struggling artist living in a modest pre-war apartment on New York City’s Upper West Side. Having just lost her corporate job that paid the mortgage, she works round-the-clock trying to paint a collection that will sell but is uninspired. Adding to her melancholy she is recently estranged from her boyfriend.
One restless evening, Maggie discovers a hidden apartment untouched since the Roaring Twenties. Maggie indulges in the suite’s lavish Art Deco design, antiques, and vintage clothing. She becomes a modern day flapper. She studies the likes of Mae West and Dorothy Parker, and begins to emulate them. She relishes in her new decadent living quarters and spans the ages incorporating the charm of the Twenties in her fine paintings.
Maggie is smitten by the lingering spirit of the suite’s former occupant, Jasper Jacqua, a handsome scholar killed by his former lover, the seductive femme fatale? Delfina. Inspired by the carpe diem mentality of a past era and new-found treasures, she quickly scales the social ladder and becomes a famed artist. Maggie transforms from a crisis- ridden recluse into a money producing artist. She meets Michael, an emerald-eyed editor, who adores her but is her dead 1920’s dream- boy better than the reality of today’s fleeting romance?
Her fabulous find proves to be the work of the contriving Ruby, a fierce socialite, who has planned the discovery to serve her own needs. Maggie, her pigeon, may lose everything.