Nicky Silver's The Maiden's Prayer opens at the wedding of Taylor and Cynthia. Libby, Cynthia's hard-drinking sister is in love with Taylor herself and she can take it no longer. Libby then meets Taylor's best friend, Paul, who, since childhood, has harbored a secret love for the groom himself. As Libby and Paul are forced to deal with unrequited love, their lives change dramatically. Paul finds himself pursued by a young man, Andrew, who seems at first less interested in true love than in available real estate. The Maiden's Prayer follows this quintet as they struggle to learn the difference between loving someone and needing them.