At fifty-seven George is settling down to a comfortable retirement building a shed in his garden reading historical novels listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie his tempestuous daughter announces that she is getting remarried to Ray. Her family is not pleased – as her brother Jamie observes Ray has ‘strangler’s hands’. Katie can’t decide if she loves Ray or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband’s former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover Tony to the dreaded nuptials. Unnoticed in the uproar George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip and quietly begins to lose his mind.