Drama v ospredje postavi ljubezensko afero med irskim pisateljem Jamesom Joyceom in Noro Barnacle, preprosto sobarico, ki je postala njegova ljubimka in muza. Privlačno dekle Joycea očara predvsem s svojim odkritim obnašanjem in direktnostjo, zato jo prepriča, da se preseli z njim v Italijo. Nora mu pomaga pretrpeti njegove fobije, prenaša njegovo pijančevanje in sama skrbi za njuna otroka. Toda njegova kariera se tako kot njuno razmerje kmalu znajde v težavah.
In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's convinced her to come with him to Trieste, where he has a job with Berlitz. Over time, Nora pulls him through phobias, tolerates his drinking, takes in his brother Stan, and bests Joyce at 'the writin' game' to bring him back to Italy from Dublin where he's gone to open a cinema. But his sexual jealousy threatens the relationship and sends her back to Galway with the children. Is there any way to tame Jim's green-eyed monster? And, will the lad ever get his stories published?