Thrift Moncrieff, fresh out of Diplomatic School is convinced that she is about to be sent on her first real job for the government. But instead she finds herself sent to a correctional facility for fallen women. In her world, where the sun has never set on the British Empire and Victorian values still hold sway - that is not a comfortable billet! She is forced to endure the harsh regime and earns the enmity of her fellow inmates as she struggles to find out why she is there. Escape seems the only option, but failure will come at a high price. Nevertheless the attempt has to be made and it is only through a series of painful misadventures that Thrift finds out the truth behind her predicament.