A finely-observed study of family life from the novelist and playwright Fay Weldon which offers a superb range of acting roles for three women and two men. The local river has burst its banks, causing flooding in Cynthia's and Step's antiques business. Cynthia, immobile with her leg in plaster, can only comment on the rising tide to her husband and daughter Angela as they endeavour to save the stock by carrying it upstairs. Their elder daughter, high-flying city exec Jane, and her partner, Trevor, arrive to help, with Jane intent on organizing everyone. But the animosity between the sisters is apparent and a startling announcement by Angela opens up another flood - this time of family secrets!