Cassandra Reilly [Judy Davis] is a
lonely American woman who is scraping out a living as a translator
in Barcelona. Throughout this extravagant comedy she, as the female
lead, will find out that things are not always what they seem.
One day Cassandra's eccentric
compatriot, Frankie Stevens [Marcia Gay Harden], visits her.
Frankie is convinced her husband is hiding in Barcelona and needs
someone to help her find him. She is prepared to pay and since
Cassandra can't pass up the opportunity to make some easy money,
she accepts Frankie's offer.
While Cassandra is trying to
decipher Frankie's mysterious past, she becomes involved in a
network of intrigue, treachery, mistaken identities, deceitful
families and even a kidnapping.
Her search leads her to a part of
Barcelona she was unacquainted with, an area full of contrasts
wherein she crosses paths with the sensual April and the elusive
Ben. The latter will eventually turn the quest into an adventure as
enigmatic and complex as Gaudí's architecture itself.
Ben's search will help Cassandra
confront her own past.