A Chinese musician applies for a scholarship at the ultra-prestigious Eliot University. A brilliant student, a world-class violinist, she's the perfect candidate - but also the alleged victim of sexual abuse by her boarding school teacher. Is she a victim of the white male establishment? An oriental seductress? A deluded nymphomaniac? An attention-seeking liar? Worldviews clash, prejudices are exposed, values are tested and racial and sexual anxieties come to a head as the admission committee struggles.