In this book, in Beverley Hills in 1998, two Englishwomen meet, journalist Lottie and Patty Belle, a minor Hollywood actress. In the scorching heat, as she drinks her Virgin Mary and her companion sips champagne, Lottie immediately recognises and responds to her magnetic appeal. But they are not to meet again until many months later back in London, where they eventually become flatmates. Patty is in love with being in love. Strikingly beautiful, she both knows, and at some level is entirely unaware of, the impact she has on men. Eventually Patty manages to destroy even her friendship with Lottie and indeed with everyone else she has ever been close to, except those most damaging to her. A Marilyn for 90s London, she is lovable, infuriating, and slightly mad.