Before her marriage Catherine Fox had been a successful features writer, within an ace of taking over the editorship of Australia's most glossy magazine - then she met Paul Grant. Four years later, and with three young children, Catherine feels like an unequal partner in their life together. Paul's body seems untouched by fatherhood, but her body seems like a stranger's - with lines and marks and bulk where none had been before. Resentments hidden behind politeness do more to poison their relationship than outright anger. Into the domestic drama walks Andromeda the spiky-haired nanny, Janie the glamorous former girlfriend, and Henry...dear Henry.