Julia and Winston first meet at the government agency where they both work, the Ministry of Truth. As they start to get interested in each other, the two of them meet privately in a wooded area. After they start their affair, they rent a room over a junk shop and meet there frequently. At the novel’s end, after Winston has been tortured and learns to love Big Brother, he and Julia meet in a park for one last encounter.
Although Winston had seen a dark-haired woman around the ministry, he did not know her name and was suspicious of her intentions. Winston had started committing forbidden acts, such as keeping a diary and thinking bad thoughts about the government. As he becomes increasingly concerned about spies, he suspects that Julia may be one. His anxiety increases when he sees her near the secondhand shop he frequents.
Despite his misgivings, Winston becomes intrigued and dreams about having sex with her. At work, she fakes an accident so she can pass him an unsigned love note. Soon afterward, they meet privately outside of work, in a wooded area outside the city. This meeting includes their initial sexual encounter, and they embark on an affair.
Winston rents a room for them to meet in, located above the same junk shop. On one occasion, they both meet with O’Brien at his apartment, where they are fooled by his ruse of opposing the government.
It later develops that their meeting room had a hidden camera. After both of them are arrested, they do not see each other during the period they are detained. Breaking under torture, Winston betrays her. Once he is released, he is also retired from work. They schedule and hold a brief meeting in a park and learn that each betrayed the other.