Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out: of college, lands the job "a million girls would die for.'' Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestley, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that, show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking case, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda's children in Paris by private jet to locating an unnamed antiques store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day - and often late into the night - with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not it's worth the price of her soul.