Prime, indeed. In the Edinburgh of 1932, Smith teaches in an upscale private girls' school. She inspires her students with her ideas on art, music, and politics--the latter based on romantic notions that lead her to express admiration for the fascisti
in Italy. Smith has assembled a small
coterie of adoring students--including Carr, Grayson and Franklin--who follow her around. She even arranges to take them with her on one of her occasional visits to the country home of Jackson, a fellow teacher who is more interested in her than she is in him. Actually, she is romantically
involved with Stephens, another teacher and a sometime painter, whose jealousy she ho...