An unforgettable portrait of love, loss, and keeping up appearances. The war over, retired naval officer Bertram comes to a quiet fishing village intending to paint. Curious, and with that strangely unfortunate capacity to inflict lasting damage while trying instead to do good, he begins delving into every corner of the picturesque backwater. There's a lot going on beneath the quiet surface - pretty divorcee Tory is painfully involved with the local doctor - who just happens to be married to her best friend, Beth. And Beth continues to churn out successful romantic novels, oblivious to the relationship developing next door. Meanwhile, Lily pins vain hopes on Bertram's careless kindness.