When the affair becomes public her daughter and son refuse to speak to her. Her friends stop calling. Her parents reduce contact to a minimum. She leaves the tennis club in humiliation and disgrace. Her wealthy husband, Garvan, disappears, leaving his business interests in debts, which eventually absorb their opulent suburban home and its contents. Audrey is left homeless, penniless and alone.
Her fall from perceived respectability lands her in a netherworld of hardship and ignominy, and forces her to re-examine her life from youth to the present. Her mistake - to have drifted so easily into a farcical romance - she re-evaluates over time, finally accepting that this mistake had 'by some intelligence' found her out. The true Audrey exposes the woman she had, since her teenage years, presented falsely to the world and to herself.
While continuing to suffer the fallout over a ten year stretch, and until her daughter makes to reconcile with her, she forges a new life, one free of the old dependencies on her privileged background. She finds a difficult freedom by accident and a world she might not ever have seen but for her great miscalculation.