The Professor is married to Hazel, a diligent and generous (but rather plain) woman. She is so close to her twin, Chloe, and both women live under one roof with the Professor. Back from an overseas trip come their daughters - triplets - ready to celebrate their twenty-first birthday.
Family life in the otherwise peaceful house swells to a chaotic crescendo on the evening of the party, as the Professor feels the tender sting of his wife's accommodating ways.
This is vintage Jolley, filled with quiet wit and keen observations of human relationships and their frailties. Laden with wit, irony and Jolley's perceptive musings on the ties that bind us, this comedy of manners tells the story of an eccentric professor and the seven women in his life.