Bazil is the third son of the dysfunctional Bratts. Whilst Mr Bratt is doing a long stretch in prison, his family live in poverty in the north of England. Bazil, however, has a secret weapon which will be his family's ticket out of there - he is a mini genius. Bazil doesn't realise he's using poetry as an outlet for his frustrations - but he's good at it and sometimes very funny.
Sebastian Avon is newly home from university when he falls in lust with talentless interior designer Prudence Dent. Though his parents and four brothers see through her, Sebastian is way too gormless to catch on. Prudence is dangerously not what she seems and neither are new neighbours the Fanshaw-Browns - they all have a past that will come back to haunt them...and the Avon family.