In deepest, rural England, Fliss and Ivor Harley-Wright are dead broke and at their wits ends in ancient, collapsing Little Waitling Hall. The Hall is not even theirs -- hence they are at the beck and call of both Ivor's terrifying, exasperating mother, Titty, and the bank. Their one drop of hope lies in the sale of the family's sole resource -- The Harley-Wright Collection of Commemorative Drinking Vessels. Their potential savior comes in the dubious form of a youngish Tom Klaus, lawyer to an asset-stripper, billionaire American. In short, an unlikely customer. He is sent to scout out the goods with what he thinks is a very firm grasp of English culture. Instead he finds mud and Titty. Can the Harley-Wrights persuade Tom to love sodden Suffolk and pull them from their financial mire?