Helen Merrifield has said goodbye to her philandering husband and her swish West London house, to live in an idyllic country cottage in the heart of a postcard-perfect village in Cornwall.
Putting the past behind her, Helen throws herself into country life and soon makes a new set of eccentric friends. To her surprise, Helen finds herself the love-interest of two very different men: the kind, gentle, desperate-for-love-and-sex Simon and the swarthy piratical local historian Piran who is bloody-minded and bloody rude!
Whilst Helen is getting to grips with her new life, her oldest and dearest friend Penny, the big shot TV producer, shows up in Helen's new home with a TV crew, intent on using it as a backdrop to a TV series she is working on.
In the midst of all this, Helen stumbles across a forgotten old tin chest full of Edwardian treasures. Who do they belong to? Will the unpleasant historian Piran help her to find out or will Simon have the key?
As Helen finds herself the focus of Simon and Piran's attentions, it looks like her ex-husband is planning to put in an unscheduled appearance.