Audrey fforbes-Hamilton enjoys all the luxuries a woman of her position and ancestry might expect – a manor in the country, a modest staff, the respect of the local village and a few pounds in the bank. But it all changes with the death of her husband and she finds she’s broke and the estate has been running at a loss for years. Moving to the coach house with her loyal but decrepit butler Brabinger, she has to face the real world: public transport, supermarkets, launderettes and possibly even having to find a job. And yet worse is to follow, when the new Lord of the manor arrives – a nouveau riche owner of a supermarket chain. Audrey must do battle on behalf of her reputation, class and the hallowed name of fforbes-Hamilton.