Imagine having the knowledge of other places in the world, the ambition to explore them, but no means to fulfill those desires.
Under the moon lies a diverse and colorful world. Elissa Johnson knows that.
It is 1871. Elissa is a daughter of a maid in the wealthy Charrington household. She sneaks books from the Charringtons' library and reads stories that invite her to distant places. Elissa exists as a servant behind the gates of Charrington manor. She aspires to travel, but Mrs. Charrington insists Elissa will never be more than a maid in their small town. Elissa's mother urges Elissa to accept her destiny.
Elissa witnesses the opportunities her peer, Meloney Charrington, possesses. Because of Elissa's low servant status, hope for a better life seems futile. Her ambition seems to be a curse.
One day, as Elissa sits in her room crying, a gentleman named Paul appears and introduces himself. He takes her traveling to many places Elissa has read about, and brings her home before her absence is noticed. When Paul stops visiting, the young maid must ask herself if she is insane.