Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), an overbearing hostess, is stunned when her less-than-well-off sisters Daisy and Rose inform her that their father has been taken to the hospital. Hyacinth is even more stunned however when she finds out why he was taken there.
Hyacinth's plans to have the vicar and his wife over for a formal afternoon tea are squashed when her sister Daisy and Onslow come to her house informing her that Daddy had been kidnapped by a gypsy. Then, to make matters worse, Rose arrives, on her way to her own funeral.
After an eventful visits at Daddy's, Hyacinth and Richard visit a stately home where they wait to catch a glimpse of the residing family. But Hyacinth's attempts to attract her ladyships eye are stifled when Daisy, Onslow and Rose turn up.
In an attempt to get his attention, Daisy picks up a toy boy who, with any luck, will make Onslow jealous. Meanwhile, Hyacinth forces Elizabeth and Richard to help her organize the set up of a function at the church hall.
It's the day of Daisy's granddaughter's christening and Hyacinth is most displeased that Stephanie, Daisy's daughter, is not married. But with some encouragement from Richard, Hyacinth agrees to go to the christening with an open mind, until of course the mother and child go missing.