At fifty, Pippa Lee seems just fine. The devoted wife of a brilliant publisher thirty years her senior, the proud mother of successful twins, and a lovely and adored friend and neighbour, she seems to glow with feminine serenity. But when her husband decides they should cast off Gramercy Park for Marigold Village retirement home, Pippa finds her beatific persona unravelling in alarming ways. The truth is, the gracious woman of the present day has seen more than her fair share of the wild side. By seventeen, Pippa had lived with a prescription drug-addicted mother, felt the first stirrings of sexuality with a school girlfriend, had an affair with a teacher, and run away from home - until she found love and security in a family of her own. And w that seemingly established world, too, is in danger.