When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.Fern's not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a 'marriage gap year' takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out. Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Chateau de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner - renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico. As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart.