When Tess gathers four of her friends together, the last thing they expect to hear is that she is pregnant and that she wants them all to be godparents.
Over the next nine months the five friends each face up to the tasks of growing up. For Tess this means becoming a mother, but there is more to her surprise pregnancy than she is letting on. Tess’s second cousin Michael, a primary school teacher, has worshipped Tess from afar all his life and is struggling to get past his fantasy of her to build his own relationship.
Then there is Lucy, one of Tess’s oldest friends, an analytic and organised woman who seems to have her life in order in the form of her family, but who is worrying about her age as her younger boyfriend seems to have lost all interest in her. Then there is Sierra, Tess’s employee at her gallery, whose free-spirited mother flounces back into her life causing maximum disruption and drama, making her homeless and, as if that’s not bad enough, asking her to be a drug mule.
Finally, there is Owen, perennial Casanova and serial fiancé who never makes it down the aisle, who has to face up to some difficult questions about his parentage and his life as his adopted father struggles with terminal disease. As each struggles with their own dramas, they come together for Tess, building new relationships, entering new phases of their lives, and each in their own way growing up.