Bill is a lonely soul and feels sorry for himself and his miserable life. He shuts people out and is unpleasant and unfriendly to everybody. Out of the blue one day he receives a phone call from a social worker informing him that his sister has died suddenly and is asked to look after her daughter, Tia. Tia’s father had separated from her mother years before and is uncontactable, so Bill is the next of kin. He reluctantly accepts to look after Tia, but only for a few days. When Tia arrives her natural charm and vitality wins Bill over and he gradually finds he is enjoying spending his time with her. He starts seeing life in a more positive light and when the social worker phones one day to inform him that she has finally been able to make contact with Tia’s father, Bill has to confront his own feelings for her. When Tia tells him that she wants to stay with him rather than go and live with her father overseas, he abruptly dismisses the social worker’s offer. The last scene shows how they have grown to appreciate each other.