Albert worked as a hotel waiter for thirty years during which she exhibited extreme dedication, and was known for her introvert nature. The hotel appointed Joe Mackins for repairing of boilers, who soon went into a relationship with the flirtatious maid Helen Dawes. However, Joe proved to be a drunk and extremely dominating man. Albert then narrates her life story to Hubert Page who is a housepainter and a fellow transvestite. Albert had chosen her present life out of economic needs after she was gang raped at the age of fourteen. However, Albert refrains from revealing her true name since she considers herself as a man. Seeing that Hubert is married and has a wife, Cathleen who is a dressmaker by profession, Albert too dreams of having a life partner.
Albert’s objective in life is to open a tobacco shop with her savings and for that she offered Helen to stay with her. In spite of her reluctance, Joe insists Helen to agree since he thought Albert would give her the money that he needed to leave Ireland for America with Helen. During this time, typhoid epidemic broke out in Dublin for which hotel business began to drop thus calling financial problems for Albert. Soon she learns that Cathleen has died of the epidemic. In memory of Cathleen, Albert and Hubert dress up as women wearing the clothes made by Cathleen. During a walk together, although they manage to overcome their initial uneasiness, Albert soon trips and falls which returns her to reality. They then revert to their old lives, i.e. playing the role of men. Immediately after this Albert learns that Helen is pregnant with Joe’s child. In response to Helen’s fear that Joe may abandon her and leave for America, Albert offers to marry her. Later that evening, Helen and Joe get involved in a fight in which Albert intervened and physically attacked Joe. Joe, in a fit of rage, pushes Albert