An associate enters a bet with publishing mogul Henri (Ree) Higgins to see who can take a random person and make them famous within two weeks. At the appointed time, cleaning lady Elizabeta enters Ree’s office and so becomes his fame game project. Elizabeta is actually a single mother and office manager who cleans on the side to learn more about the publishing industry and help launch her daughter Angelina’s fashion design business.
With its nod to Pygmalion, this story isn’t about teaching someone to be a lady; instead it’s about making someone a well-known name, in a society where so many chase their fifteen minutes of fame and where value is measured by social media likes and clicks. Elizabeta is an ambitious character, with a laser-focus drive to support her daughter, who has Down’s syndrome. She embraces Ree’s challenge and films a series of Youtube videos showing how you can spruce up your surroundings with her simple tips. So there is no My Fair Lady makeover as expected but of course Ree does become accustomed to her face in what is a pleasant, light read.