Another Life is a true story set in Edwardian London. It is the colourful and intensely moving account of Edith Thompson, a woman wrongly accused of the murder of her husband, a case which became a major 'cause celebre' of its time. The story begins on a Christmas Day 1909 and traces Edith's life from the moment she first falls in love with Percy Thompson to her daring affair with her sister's lover, Freddy Bywaters. The ability to embellish reality with fantasy is the keynote to Edith's character, and in Freddy she finds someone who matches her passion and thirst for romance. The couple indulge in foolish fantasy, inventing schemes to murder Edith's husband. However, she little realises that her lover is about to translate their game into frightening reality and one night in 1922, as Edith and Percy walk home from the theatre, Percy is attacked and stabbed to death by Freddy. Despite a huge public outcry and Bywater's adamant assertion that she has no hand in the killing, Edith is found guilty of murder alongside her lover, and they are both sentenced to death.