Mim Lyons is a retired film actress, occasionally still recognised from her last great starring role in the late 1960s, but she's now more than content to stay away from the limelight. When her agent calls out of the blue with a job offer, her husband begins to have his own dreams and schemes about the possibility of a comeback, in a part that unsettles Mim's perception of how her husband sees her and of who she really is.
It is 1918, and London is gathering in its dead. For undertaker Henry Speake, laying to rest the bodies of those sent home from the Front has become a familiar duty. But what he is seeing now, as influenza claims its victims, is something different.