Angel, a woman of extreme charm and warm-hearted selfishness, awaits her son's return to the fold. She is the pivot of her children's lives - for haven't they always succumbed to her smiling manipulations? Now she has plans for each of them: Slaney, her beautiful daughter (who will make the perfect match with Angel's assistance); Julian, her young hero returned from the War (though still her baby after all); and even Tiddley, her niece (who lacks the sophistication of her own children, yet will surely be delighted to hover at Angel's beck and call). But sometimes a mother's plans run less smoothly than anticipated. When Julian arrives accompanied by his new fiancée, a stylish American widow, when Slaney seems adept at romancing without a mother's guidance, and even Tiddley shows signs of rebellion, Angel must sharpen her wits and struggle to maintain her tyranny.