Deborah Dainton (Samantha Eggar) is an insecure and uptight young professional woman who works as an assistant at a London auction house. Deborah uses a walking stick because one of her legs is slightly deformed after a childhood bout with polio.
Still living with her parents, Deborah watches her gregarious sisters engage in romantic exploits, but feels resigned to a loveless existence. When she’s dragged to a party one evening, Deborah is approached by confident but self-deprecating artist Leigh Hartley (David Hemmings), who asks for a date and won’t take no for an answer.
Eventually, Leigh reveals that he’s been asked by criminal acquaintances to get information from Deborah about the security at the auction house to assist him and his mates with a planned robbery. This forces Deborah to question whether Leigh’s feelings are sincere or whether he has been using her all along.
The film is slow-moving but beautifully shot, and Eggar and Hemmings are magnificent.
Deborah as a child