At Henry's House on Isadora Island, Celia Henry has created a faux-family homestead. Personally, however, Celia's unconventional love life has kept Isadora Island entertained for a generation. Married only once and widowed at 22, Celia has spent a lifetime preaching (and practicing) unfettered love, preferring unions free of matrimoy, free of the ties that bind -- and can just as easily strangle. When her daughter Bethie announces her engagement, Celia reluctantly agrees to throw a lavish celebration. To this party she must invite everyone in her whole overextended family: her steps and exes, their current partners and starchy inlaws, as well as host of island eccentrics. Celia senses impending disaster, but nothing prepares her for the fallout when the nuclear family explodes and she must reconstruct the past in order to transform the future.