Chloe's beloved godmother dies, leaving her a letter and a map of Britain together with the suggestion that she leaves her job and her boyfriend to embark upon an adventure - a year spent travelling around the four countries of the United Kingdom.
Chloe Cadwaller is in a quandary. Her beloved godmother has just died and left Chloe (who's never been on close acquaintance with confidence) a letter instructing her to give up her job (lousy) and her boyfriend (never good enough for you) to travel the four countries of the United Kingdom during the four seasons of the year. Heavens. How can Chloe deny a godmother's last wish? Off she goes, with a tremor of doubt and a letter marked Wales, with her friends Mr and Mrs Andrews (of Gainsborough portrait fame) and an uncertain future, to a farm deep in the Brecons where she finds a selection of animals in deteriorating states of health and the best-looking man she's ever laid eyes on. As subsequent seasons unfold, so too does Jocelyn's mission to teach her goddaughter to stand on her own two feet, celebrate the beauty of Britain and discover love, lust, life (and a man for each season). Join Chloe on the adventure of a lifetime - involving sex, sculpture, ice-cream, Edinburgh, egg sandwiches and a potter named William - in the warm and witty novel of one girl's quest for a place to call home.