It is 1920 and, as the War of Independence rages throughout Ireland,
Michael Collins is the most wanted man in the British Empire. He lives
a life in hiding, conducting guerrilla warfare, outsmarting the
authorities, a figure of mystery and intrigue. Very few know even what
he looks like. He occasionally finds rest and comfort with the family
of Kitty Kiernan, his best friend’s sweetheart.
Then Michael finds himself falling in love with the complex and
Lady Hazel Lavery, wife of famous artist Sir John Lavery, is
considered the most beautiful and charming society hostess in London.
An American of Irish descent, haunted by a tragic past, she sets out
to use her friendships with men like Winston Churchill to bring peace
When Michael, recently engaged to Kitty, arrives in London as part of
the Irish peace delegation, he finds himself the centre of intense
public fascination. Hazel Lavery takes Michael under her wing and
navigates him through London high society. They form a close bond and
soon are engulfed in rumours of an affair and accusations that Michael
has been seduced by the glamour of London and by Hazel. Kitty all but
despairs at the situation but is determined to fight for him.
After the infamous Anglo-Irish Treaty, Ireland veers towards civil war.
As Michael, Hazel and Kitty arrive in Dublin that fateful week in
the war is at its zenith – and this love triangle is about to
implode with devastating results.