Another sedate, British soaper by the author of Tigers of the Night (1985), etc., that follows a number of couples as they come haltingly together or draw apart. Eliza Marland is a temporary secretary for the boss of Otterwood Shipping Company, David Otterwood, a strong, ambitious, Kipling sort of guy. However, she has her eye on Robert Stoner, a young upstart in the cargo industry who's willing to cut a few corners to get his new line afloat--like sending oil tankers, for instance, to embargoed South African ports. While she does everything she can to catch Stoner's eye, her younger sister, Alice, takes up with David Otterwood's errant son, Harry. Harry's in the throes of an adolescent rebellion and a drinking problem, though he manages to convince Alice to leave home and start an antique-clothing store with him in London. Meanwhile, his mother, the lovely but lonely Celia Otterwood, backs his pursuits and finds herself in love with Stoner. But when jealous Eliza tells Otterwood about his wife's affair, the muck starts to fly: Celia runs back to her hubby, Stoner takes up with Eliza--whom he's been stringing along all the time--and young Harry dutifully bows to his dad's wishes and joins the Otterwood firm. Martin's romantic menagerie isn't, unfortunately, a compelling one, and in the end, it's a relief when their moon-struck madness finally wanes.