What do you do when your husband divorces you and you're left looking after your loopy Great Aunt Polly and her irascible parrot, Flo? Don your finest footwear and join the local tai chi class of course!
Anna Blackthorn isn't having a good year. She's been depressed ever since she had a miscarriage. Now her husband wants a divorce and it's not going to be pretty. Taken in by her Great Aunt Polly (GAP), Braebanks on the North East coast of Scotland is a far cry from Hampstead, London. Anna has some adjusting to do - and fast.
GAP is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and Anna has to become the strong one in their relationship. Together they join the local tai chi class, in an effort to slow the disease's progression. Anna misses her old life, but gets a chance to reclaim some of that lifestyle when Quentin asks her out. He's an old school friend of her husbands, but are his motives pure?
Anna has to step up to the mark and tackle divorce, financial worries and a failing relative. Oh - and a parrot with a boil on its bum. Luckily, Nigel the neighbourhood vet steps in to save the day on that front, and also gives Anna a job.
Can Anna face up to her husband in court to get the money she deserves? And can she make it to the end of a complicated tai chi set without making a fool of herself?