It’s 1982: 13-year-old Emerald Katz is suddenly orphaned and sent to a very British Boarding School. But Emerald is not like other girls. She is devoted to Noel Coward, Janet Flanner, Sybille Bedford, and Cary Grant (none of whom are on the syllabus at Harcourt Hall). How will Emerald survive? It will not be easy. Hothouse flowers are both hard to cultivate – and keep alive.