At the dawn of the 20th century, Colette tells the story of a woman whose inner voice as a writer has long been denied. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, is a young woman from a country village, and marries a charismatic and dominant Parisian. He is known only as "Willy". Under his auspices, she is initiated into the bohemian life-style of Paris where her creative appetites are triggered. Ready to capitalize on her talent, Willy convinces his wife to write novels, which he suggests should be released under his name as the purported author. The phenomenal success of the series of novel titled "Claudine" makes Willy a well-known writer and "Colette and Willy" the "first couple" among contemporary celebrities. Over time, the lack of recognition for her work thwarts and frustrates Colette. She forms a liaison with the Marquise de Belbeuf, who defies and abhors stereotypes, and encourages her to free herself. Willy, however, is opposed to this plan and is determined to maintain his hold on her, at whatever emotional costs are required to maintain control over his wife.