Just how far will people to go to attain position and fortune and who will they be prepared to sacrifice along the way? Claude Plantaganet, who has run through three estates and five legacies, now has only his daughter left. While Mrs Fox French's finishing school may teach her young ladies how to snare members of the aristocracy, how are her own finances? And John Perkins schemes feverishly to become a capitalist while being aware of the fragility of everything around him.
Written in 1847 by one of the most prolific writers and successful actors and directors of the nineteenth century, this is clearly a play for our times. Boucicault is author of numerous plays including the hit comedy London Assurance.