From the back-
"...an artist wanders off into the mounains to meditate, but when he decides to stay at an almost deserted hotel, he is soon drawn toward the hostess, O-Nami. She is strange, almost mad, and rumor has it that she deserted her husband and fell in love with a priest. The artist becomes haunted by the mystery and sense of tragedy which surround her. She reminds him of Millais' portrait of Ophelia drowning and he want to paint her. Yet there is always some quality lacking in her expression, and he is unable to complete his picture until, finally, he solves the enigma of her life."