On a ferry bound for the Isle of Wight, Jodie Jackson is leaving her old London life behind, looking for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill's houseboat. But from the moment Jodie steps aboard her new home, it's clear she won't be left alone. If it isn't Marilyn, who does for Bill and is under strict instructions to look after Jodie, then it's Ned, the noisy sculptor next door. Ned's wood carving is hard on the ears, but it's made up for by the fact that he's rather easy on the eyes. Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom. But out of mind isn't out of sight, and when her old life comes knocking Jodie is forced to face reality.