Mo Alexander misses the plane in Paris that is carrying her tour group and her luggage back home, and she finds that it will take several days for the travel agent to solve the problem. In the meantime she meets Xavier, a true Parisian who sees her as an opportunity to enjoy himself while his family is out of town. Mo reluctantly begins an affair with him, wrestling with her conscience all the way. She is a challenge to Xavier's cultural identity so he can't easily dismiss her. They enjoy a beautiful physical and emotional relationship, and in the end, being in love with Mo alters Xavier on a fundamental level.