When the Armistice between France and England came to an end in 1803 Napoleon in a rage interned ten thousand British Tourists who were in France at that time.
Many, to save being arrested went into hiding, among them the wife and daughter of Sir Edward Waltham, who had died that winter. A year later Vernita was keeping her mother precariously alive on the money she obtained for making exquisitely embroidered lingerie for Napoleon's sister.
Vernita finds the shop is cheating them and disguised as a petite bourgoise she goes herself to the Princess with a negligee she has just finished. (front page)