From her position of wealth and happy respectability, Fanny Hill looks back at her early life and disreputable adventures. Arrivi9ng in Londo alone, poor and innocent, she falls into the hands of a brothel-keeper. But only when she is separated from the man she loves does she enrol in the "unhappy profession" of prostitution. Fanny becomes a kept woman and also works in an elegant bawdy-house, entertaining polite voluptuaries. By the age of eighteen, she can afford to retire; in her marriage she can at last combine sexual passion with romantic love.