Catherine Hope can control her class of 30 noisy school children, but trying to keep her 17 year old daughter on track for A Levels, that's a different matter. Rachel, usually studious and submissive, is suddenly ripe for rebellion. The reason? Marko: sexy, sultry, countryside campaigner, who's out to save a threatened woodland from destruction. The woodland is on the doorstep of Lavinia, Rachel's conventional, disapproving grandmother.
When Judy Blackwell joins a belly-dancing class, she is only looking for a distraction from her empty marriage and her emptying nest. She doesn't expect to get caught up in the lives and loves of the other women in the group. As the women make exotic costumes and learn to undulate and shimmy, their menfolk are drawn into the circle. Maybe it's all that wine they keep drinking, but soon everyone finds themselves behaving in unexpected ways.