Rachel Elliot is singe and attractive, a director of a successful advertising agency, with a handsome lover, several close friends and a clutch of young godchildren. But as her fortieth birthday approaches so does a sneaking sense of futility. With typical resolution, she decides that the answer to this new problem is to have a child of her own. Her quest, however, proves fraught with problems. An unforeseen disaster at work, lack of comprehension and cooperation from friends and lovers lead her to the difficult realisation that it takes more than a determined mind to find true emotional fulfilment.