Things have come to a sour pass between longtime spouses Maria and Jeffrey, an American who gave up his journalism career for a humble fisherman's cap at his bride's native Amalfi Coast home. Now, Jeffrey sleeps in his boat, while Maria holds down the fort in their crumbling seaside abode with her elderly Uncle Melino and senile mom Assunta. Grandma's birthday brings Maria and Jeffrey's three children back home, each dragging his or her own relationship woes along. Franceso is a literary author embarrassed by the fame brought on by his uncharacteristically trashy latest tome. Feeling he's lost the respect of his snobbish wife Mary as a result, he's further harried by the amorous attentions of his secretary Lola. Sedate doctor Marco loves his three kids and wife Elena, but she's decided to chuck it all to become an actress. Meanwhile, free spirit Miriam has just found out she's pregnant and doesn't know which of her boyfriends is the father.