With the war over, Clare Wishart must make some decisions about what to do with Merle Place. Back in her care after use as a military hospital, it is in need of expensive renovation. Completely out of her depth, Clare tries to sell the house, hampered by her cousin Donald who has invited himself to stay indefinitely. Clare's one joy in life is writing, so she is delighted when she is asked to write a novel. She meets fiction editor Steven Flint, who is very encouraging, but her attempts to write are thwarted by a series of disasters. And while Steven is a friendly shoulder to cry on, her feelings for him could cause problems . . .