The Swedish Gypsy is an historical novel set in turn-of-the-century Stockholm. Fredrik, a successful businessman, hires Lilly to work at his cafe. Realizing she is a gypsy, he keeps her on to tell fortunes. He is fascinated with her culture and with Lilly, who becomes obsessed with him and pursues him using spells and charms. His cafe suffers, as Swedish workers strike, leaving him with no other choice than to risk all to save his business and his family.