Famous thespian Sir Michael Gifford's salad days are behind him and he's now suffering from an incurable illness. Since he insists on remaining in his manor house in the Kent countryside, his daughter Sophia and longtime companion Milly hire various caregivers, but Sir Michael rebels against them all until he finally clicks with Hungarian expat Dorottya. It turns out that Dorottya comes from an artistic family and has a burning desire to make it on the English stage, although her language skills are lacking.