For years Ralph has lived alone in the big house, his loneliness occasionally enlivened by the delights of French cinema, the rhythms of Tamla Motown and most of all by encounters with his gardener and handyman Ted. Despite the constant problems of the drainage in the lower field, Ted loves working in the grounds, returning to the care of Mrs Ted in the evenings. But their life is now under threat. If Ralph isn't married before his 35th birthday, he will lose the estate to his deranged Aunt Cecila. Reluctantly, and with the aid of Ted, he sets out to find a wife. But where do you find the perfect girl for the man who already has all he ever wanted - almost.