, a young aristocrat in turn of the century England
, meets a boy named Frank on the road to Portsmouth
. What Charlie doesn't realize is that Frank is actually Frances
, who's donned a disguise to escape working at a brothel. Charlie takes Frank/Frances into his home, and when he discovers her true identity
, the two become lovers. He sends her to London to be trained by his mistress in the art of sex, but she learns much more about her identity as a woman
. Before the opening credits
, explicitly on-screen it reads : " ;Based on the famous Victorian erotic novel by an anonymous writer"