The story of Nicole Blancoeur Levitte encompasses her seven years in Cuba after she and her 10 year old daughter Monique escaped France in 1939. Jumping ship, rescued, they were kept alive in a small fishing settlement where Nicole permitted a rurale to rape her in hopes of getting her papers, which were returned to her through the people of the village who took care of the . A chance to for a modiste in Havana introduced her to Manuel Enrique Fernando Salazar and, becoming his mistress, she was lavishly kept and taught passion. Keeping Monique in a convent meant for Nicole keeping her affair secret even when Manuel gave her her own salon. And not until the impresario, Carlos de Guzman, recognizing Nicole's flair for design and Monique's voice, gave them both openings in the theater, did the enormity of her choosing the easiest way demand its harsh payment. For Monique remained firm in her wish to be a nun; Nicole sent Manuel away (""the mother of a nun cannot be a whore"") and, with the promise of Carlos' dependable love, determined to live less selfishly in the future.... Back Street again, in lush terms.