A servant, Eva Luna, escapes oppression by telling stories of her life and the people she has met, including her rum-soaked godmother, a criminal, a transsexual entertainer, and a young refugee who also is trying to escape oppression.
After years of being the young widow of Arthur, Katharine of Aragon is pleased to be married to Arthur's younger brother Henry, the king of England. She is 25 to his 20 and still of childbearing age. She becomes pregnant over and over, but when no child survives, Henry blames her. Also after her mother's death, her greedy father takes advantage.