After winning a substantial amount of money in the lottery, working class Frederick Clegg suddenly finds himself with the time and the money to pursue his heart's desire. And he knows precisely what he wants: an art student named Miranda Grey. But bland, dull-witted Frederick knows he doesn't have a chance with the beautiful young sophisticate. So he buys a secluded house in the countryside and kidnaps her, keeping her prisoner in a room in the basement.

But what precisely does he want with her? Sex? Love? Companionship? Or does he merely want to possess her, to collect her like a butterfly behind glass? These questions haunt Miranda, and the reader,  as she struggles to find a way out of her predicament.