Successful author Jonathan Stack (Colm Meaney) has been so obsessed with trying to pen his magnum opus. He's let his marriage to Samantha (Kate Ashfield), who is also his agent and editor, break down to the point where she announces she's leaving him for her business partner Luke (John Light), a hapless OCD control freak who has loved Sam forever. Gobsmacked, Jonathan abandons the elegant family home in leafy Stratford Upon Avon and drives his ancient Jaguar XK150 to the family villa in Portugal.
Enter Hope (Hannah Chinn), their young daughter, who can’t get any sense from her mother, so abandons her studies to follow her father to find out what has gone wrong. While in Portugal she finds the truth is complicated, and in some ways unexpected, her learning a life lesson in the process. The truth is clear though, her parents still love each other, and she is determined to get them back together. She enlists the help of her half-sister Amelia (Brenda Meaney), a Birmingham based human rights lawyer, and their lovely Portuguese housekeeper, Gabriella (Cristina Cavalinhos). It takes a lot of guile, but they manage to rescue the marriage even though Luke turns up to try and stop it.