Judith Lee, an entitled descendant of the Korean royal family, has grown quite accustomed to the privileges of the aristocracy. Unfortunately for her, royal descent does not equal money. Her family lost their fortune long ago, and when her parents add insult to injury by cutting off her allowance upon her graduation from Yale, Jude (as she is known) learns the hard way that her fancy upbringing has left her unprepared to deal with her monstrous debts. As she hobnobs in New York with her clever, wellborn friends, she is introduced to Madame Tartakov, a charismatic Russian émigré, who has the solution for Jude's financial woes. The catch; Jude must put in two years at 'Tartakov's Translation Services' - a front organization for the flock of high society girls, collected from all over the world, who now work as Manhattan's most coveted courtesans.