Millionaire Taylor, slowly dying in her isolated palace on an island near Sardinia, spends most of her days swilling booze, popping pills, and swearing at her odd array of servants: a frigid secretary, a black giant, a sadistic dwarf, and sitar-playing Indian musicians. When wandering poet
Burton stumbles onto the island one day, Taylor insists upon his removal until she learns that he is known as a somewhat mystical figure, nick-named the "Angel of Death" by the elite literary set. She then uses the poet as a plaything, a sort of confidante with whom she can discuss personal
philosophy before she passes on into the great beyond. As he watches Taylor's life wither ...