“The year is 1863. For two years now, the United States has been torn apart by a civil war. Will Great Britain recognize the independence of the southern Confederacy and join in war against the Yankees? Since 1862, British troops have been stationed in the Canadian town of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, formerly the French Acadia. Halifax is gripped by a kind of fever. The townspeople are busy worrying, smuggling goods and hunting Yankee spies, while at the port the British authorities maintain a close check on European passengers disembarking from the Great Eastern, the huge steamship also known as ‘the floating city.'”
Among the passengers is a young Frenchwoman (Isabelle Adjani). She takes a room at a boarding house, where she introduces herself as Miss Lewly. After settling in, she begins to make inquiries around town about a certain British officer, Lieutenant Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson), though her story is different each time. She tells a notary public that she’s the wife of a Dr. Lenormand from Paris and that her niece was practically engaged to Pinson but lost contact with him; she tells a bookseller that Pinson is her sister’s brother-in-law; she tells the owners of the boarding house that she grew up with Pinson, her village clergyman’s son, and that he’s always been in love with her, without any encouragement on her part. Clearly, all is not as it seems.
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