The new Treasurer of the Brook Breasting Fete Committee, the Reverend Rolf James, has discovered an anomaly in the accounts. He calls for an Extraordinary General Meeting. The next few short chapters introduce the committee members, who are the main characters in the story.
The build up to the village fete and subsequent events are central to the story, but other issues and happenings vie for attention. The sudden unexpected death of one of the main characters and the threatened closure and attempted armed robbery of the post office, followed by a tragic accident and spate of organised poaching incidents, are just some of the plotlines.
On the outside, Brook Breasting is a picturesque English village, on the inside, it has the characters that make it uniquely Brook Breasting.