After marrying a successful Parisian writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette famously known as "Willy" is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, they become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Her fight over creative ownership and gender roles helps her overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.