Terry Ruskin and her little brother Harry are the kids from hell - spoilt, rude, and utterly selfish. They do exactly what they want, eating anything they like and watching TV late into the night. Their parents have turned into zombies, devoted only to serving their demanding offspring. And as nine-year-old Terry tells it, that's exactly the way things should be! But after one particularly bad day, their parents decide they've had enough. They go on strike. They are no longer available to feed, transport and entertain Terry and Harry. Worst of all, Dad even takes the TV aerial off the roof! Soon other long-suffering parents in the street are on strike too. Now it's up to the kids. How will they cope? And what will they do to get their parents back?