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Silver isn’t crazy, but upon entering the City of London illegally and being captured by border guards, she’s confined to Bishopsgate Insane Asylum—an institution not-so-affectionately called Bedlam—to await the arrival of her citizenship documents. Here, she meets Doctor Elena Lavergne, a psychiatrist with a low tolerance for insubordination and a penchant for exacting harsh and cruel punishments on her patients.
Of course, it’s not long before Elena targets belligerent and combative Silver as the primary focus of her brutality, but Silver isn’t fooled for a second: Elena’s forced austerity is merely a cover for her own weaknesses. She’s a woman at war with herself, in denial about her sexuality and determined to preserve her lifelong abstinence.
Threatened and challenged by her attraction to Silver, she lashes out, commencing a battle of wills which soon has both women embroiled in a toxic game of dominance and submission, the abuse escalating until one of them snaps.