The story takes place in England around the beginning of the 20th Century. Sensually exploring a young schoolgirl's awakening to love during her summer vacation. The young girl, Bilitis, is shocked when she witnesses her friend Melissa and her husband making love. Melissa encourages Bilitis to discover the aspect of love by seeing a young photographer, Lucas. When Lucas. He tries to make love to Bilitis, and she rebuffs him and runs to Melissa, who in comforting Bilitis finds herself responding to her kisses. But she tells Bilitis there must be nothing more between them. Bilitis discovers Melissa's husband is with another woman, so she decides to find another man for Melissa. Doing so, Bilitis is realising she is not yet ready herself for adulthood. The English photographer David Hamilton has achieved unusual visual beauty in making his first motion picture enhanced by the music of Francis Lai.