Wealthy entrepreneur Raoul Metier's fiery Portuguese girlfriend wants nothing to do with his little daughter. For four years her mother has been in a coma in Switzerland and she has been in the care of an elderly family retainer. Metier feels he needs a younger woman to look after her, to make a home of his country house and also run the household, and act as caterer and hostess for the many weekend functions he has for business acquaintances and friends.
Kris Kastell, a beautiful widow of a manipulative racing driver is persuaded by her friend to apply for the position. Metier's charismatic nephew convinces her to take the job despite her deep misgivings about her future employer's sarcastic attitude.
Soon she becomes a popular, efficient hostess at the country home and invitations are rarely turned down, most importantly, she bonds closely with her young charge. Unfortunately, her relationship with Metier is abrasive and sparks with electricity and there is animosity between her and the brittle Isabella. It is often only her friendship with Metier's nephew and her growing fondness for the child that keeps her from resigning.