When Mr. Pfister discovers an unforeseen aspect of Tom's great-grandfather Harry's life, it leads Tom and Pete to the south coast of England, where Harry died many years before. They meet Sybil, an impossibly old woman who still lives next door to the house Harry lived in and remembers him from her childhood. Their investigation takes them to a regional theatre, where he and Pete learn more than they ever wanted to know about Harry's life and loves from Rex and Mitch, the two friendly gentlemen who run the theatre. It also inspires Tom and Pete to engage in a unique competition, but not before Pete has set Tom up on another extraordinary date.
Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick is surprised when he’s bequeathed an old chest of curios by his great-aunt Victoria, although he and his sister Bea can’t remember ever meeting her. He finds an old black-and-white photo in the chest that his father, Keith, believes is Tom’s great-grandfather, Harry. With the help of Mr. Pfister, his avuncular neighbor, and Pete, an old school friend, Tom tracks down Neville St. Aubrey, a strange expert in the field of antique photos, who discovers intriguing and revealing information about Tom’s ancestor. Meanwhile, Pete tries to get Tom’s love life back on track by setting him up with a “model pretty” date. He’s just not sure what kind of model.