Stung by criticism from fiancé, Lionel, Sylvie Bell resolves to make a fresh start to her life - out with the old, in with the new. And the first thing she intends throwing out is Lionel Hepplewick. And for the new? - well, come self-improving private English literature classes from headmaster Toby Teasdale will do nicely for a start. But nothing is ever simple, as Sylvie discovers when she is caught up in a tangle of amorous marital repercussions. As for Toby, struggling to stage the annual school historical pageant, he experiences every producer's worst nightmare when he is caught between two warring Boadiceas, both intent on vengeance.