Ellen Carson was still heart whole and fancy-free at forty - and that was just the way she liked it. Growing up in a crowded family home had given her a yearning for the quiet life, and watching her older siblings make a mess of their relationships had left her grimly determined to remain single. But her family are full of other ideas and, when they discover that not one, but two men from Ellen's past have arrived in town, are keen to show that one of them must be right for Ellen. Just as she is coming round to the idea of finding 'the one' and changing her lifelong attitude, she finds herself a confidant to those around her who have now decided that staying single was the right idea all along. Is Ellen to blame when relationships start to fail? And what is she going to do about it to get everything back the way it was?