A servant to men for all her life, Mary Mackenzie is brought to Rome by her latest employer, the elderly Mr Carstairs. In the Babington Tea Rooms, she's introduced to the history of a painting that gives her pause for thought. Judith and Holofernes - The Holy Ferns, as Mary hears them - the story of one woman's battle against a tyrannical man. Is there a lesson there that the weak and submissive Mary can learn?
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