Alice Jordan has the 'perfect' life: a handsome husband, three adorable children, a beautiful house set in the heart of an idyllic English village. But her life lacks one vital thing: a perfect love, one which makes her feel vibrantly alive and a necessary part of the world. And she finds that love - but not in the arms of another man. She finds it in Clodagh, wild-child daughter of the local gentry. She and Alice embark on a passionate physical affair and, for the first time, Alice finds herself genuinely in love. But it is an illicit love which threatens to destroy her marriage and strike at the very heart of the close-knit village community.