There's trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn them into overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori Shepherd can't help. Her infant daughter, her father-in-law's upcoming wedding, and the prospect of her fortieth birthday have Lori overwhelmed. But when she has a chance encounter with eccentric inventor Arthur Hargreaves, dubbed the Summer King, Lori forgets her troubles - and Finch's.