In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making pompous declamations, rents the back lodge to work on his esoteric thesis. Imogen Langrishe, the least repressed of the sisters, begins an affair with Otto. Imogen takes the love affair seriously, but Otto just enjoys the cheap lodging and the comfort of Imogen.
Len and Hazel Wiles, a middle-aged childless couple who live on a remote farm, decide to adopt a coloured boy, Terry, who has no limbs because of the effects of Thalidomide. They encounter a great deal of resistance and scepticism from their friends and neighbours. Terry Wiles plays himself in this play.