Born in 1900, Jamison grew up believing that there only existed people of value and those without. This belief was conditioned by her misogynistic father, the Colonel-a man who ruled their Kentucky stud farm home like a dictator, reminding her every day under his roof that she belonged to the latter because she wasn't born a boy.
Determined to control her own fate, Jamison secures an assistantship with a successful feminist author in Switzerland. However, within days of her arrival, she receives news that her position has been mysteriously withdrawn. When her father descends upon her Swiss hotel with a suitor in tow, she realizes her role as a pawn in another one of his self-serving schemes. A desperate turn of fate presents itself in the form of a bouquet of flowers along with a party invitation from a stranger, rubber tycoon J.D. Roe, a man who believes his redemption is in her hands.
Between them all is Carrington Marcs, Jamison's childhood friend, who spent his young life pining for her. His plans to prove himself on a hunting trip with her father, becomes eclipsed by the Colonel's own selfish plans for him.
Against the background of Swiss neutrality, Jamison takes a stand against her father, the restrictive social mores, and her own fears in a bid for independence and value. The Weight of Flowers tells Jamison and Carrington's story and how far the Colonel will reach to bring everyone into his own damnation.