Five years after leaving university, Lizzie Jordan considers herself one of life´s failures. Unlike her highflying friends, Lizzie works as a lowly typist, shares a grotty flat and ´makes do´ with her accountant boyfriend. She´s never really been able to get over Brian, the handsome American student she dated at university, who is now a hugely successful Wall Street banker. Lizzie still corresponds with Brian by email. But the life she describes to him, with its extravagant parties and million-pound business deals, bears little relation to reality. Lizzie is overjoyed when Brian announces he´s coming to stay. But how can she conceal from him the fact that the glamorous lifestyle she´s been describing to him all these years is based on a tissue of lies? Ever resourceful, Lizzie comes up with a cunning plan. But the best-laid plans have a habit of going horribly wrong.