Captain Woolcot is embarrassed by the antics of his seven mischievous children: Meg, Pip, Judy, Nell, Bunty, Baby and "The General" when they interrupt a dinner given for the Captain's new Commanding Officer.
The Doctor decides that Judy must recuperate in a warmer climate, but she is unwilling to be parted from the others. An invitation for the family to visit Esther's parents at their at their country property, Yarrahappini, is accepted as a solution.
While the Captain spends a lonely time at Misrule, his family enjoy their country holiday. Meg begins to fall in love with the property manager, Dick Gillet, but is disillusioned when she discovers he is an alcoholic.