A compassionate portrait of an elderly - and frustrated - woman adjusting to new town life and finding a new purpose in living.
Illness forces Sylvia Calvert to live with her son Harold, a headmaster in Carshall New Town. At first, Sylvia cannot adjust to the jungle of supermarkets, 10-pin bowling alleys and recreation areas; to the committees and purposeful entertaining involved in the creation of a new society.
Above all, Sylvia can't understand Harold's odd, thrusting idealism and the strange behaviour of her grandchildren.
But a chance meeting and a family crisis give her the chance to fulfil herself ...