Frances and her fashion designer stepmom Helene travel to New York for some mother-daughter bonding. Helene hopes to interest a large fashion house in her range of eco-handbags. Frances is swept away by the city: the streets of Manhattan, the architecture, Central Park, the hot dog stands, the brash New Yorker attitude. At the fashion house she overhears an unsettling conversation by chance. And there is the small matter of twelve ballgowns’ disappearance!