It all begins with Great Aunt Becky and her infamous prized possession: a legendary heirloom jug. After her death, everyone wants it. But the name of the new owner won't be revealed for one year. In the next 12 months, scandals, quarrels and love affairs abound - with the jug at the centre of it all. Beautiful Gay Penhallow's handsome fiancé Noel Gibson leaves her for sly and seductive Nan Penhallow; reckless Peter Penhallow and lovely Donna Dark, who have hated each other since childhood, are inexplicably brought together; Hugh and Joscelyn Dark, separated on their wedding night ten years ago for reasons never revealed, find a second chance. Then comes the night when Aunt Becky's wishes will be revealed - and the family is in for the biggest surprise of all.