Royal wedding gowns have long been the subject of much speculation, awe, and criticism. The gown that Princess Elizabeth was to wear for her wedding to Phillip Mountbatten was no exception. Robson weaves together the story of two women who work together in the famed fashion house of Norman Hartnell to create the delicate embroidery featured on the gown. Set against the harsh winter of London in 1947, Anne Hughes and Miriam Dassin find warmth and friendship in each other’s company. Over 50 years later, Heather Makenzie sets out to learn more about her late grandmother’s mysterious past and connections to the royal gown.