Dan Ranscombe is clever and good-looking, but he resents the wealth and easy savoir faire of fellow guest Paul Latimer. Surely a shrewd girl like Meg Slater would see through that, wouldn't she? And what about Diana, Paul's beautiful sister; Charles Asher, the Jewish outsider; Madeleine, the children's nanny; and artist Henry Haddon? As these guests gather at a country house party, none has any inkling that the choices they make will have fateful consequences lasting through the war and beyond.
Five Caper Court is changing. The law chambers are expanding with a new group of tenants. And fresh from yet another scandal, the outrageous partner Leo Davis has decided it's time to settle down. He is selling his Belgravia pad and moving to the country with his young son. And he's going to marry the lovely Camilla. Or is he? As the City steams in the sweltering August sun, temptation begins to ensnare the inhabitants of Five Caper Court. The question is, who will fall and who will resist?