Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife, Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife, Ruth.
“This is a play you may well fall in love with no matter your age. And as one woman told me afterwards when I admitted I shed more than a few tears throughout: “Just wait ’til you’re my age. It’ll get you even more.”