It’s spring and a young woman is feeling down. It rains constantly. She buys shoes, finds a kitten, writes a story featuring a character called Mr. Rain. Somehow none of this makes her feel any better.
The Adventuress is born in a laboratory, she is the result of alchemical experiments in early 19th century France. She is kidnapped and forced to marry a lascivious baron, but escapes by turning herself into a moth and flying into the gardens of Napoleon Bonaparte. She and Bonaparte become lovers and she gives birth to a cat. Although all ends tragically, there is forgiveness and transcendence in the end.