Foolishly, the British and Irish governments have chosen the tactless and impatient Baroness Troutbeck to chair a conference on Anglo-Irish cultural sensitivities. She instantly press-gangs her friend Robert Amiss into becoming conference organiser. Soon, however, the arrangements crumble around his ears as the interested parties seem intent on living up to their worst stereotypes. And driving rain and security problems make everything worse. But when a delegate plummets off the battlements at Moycoole Castle, no one can decide whether it was by accident or design.