In 1915, young T.S. (Tom) Eliot and the flamboyant Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding health and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. While Tom tries to establish himself as a writer, Viv serves as his secretary and muse. However, Viv is moody, often despondent, and frequently drunk, embarrassing Tom in public and thwarting his ambition to become a member of the Church of England.

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