From a wheelchair parked in a corner of his crumbling mansion, Sir Hugo Coal recounts the events that led to his downfall . . .It is the arrival of the sinister Fledge as the new butler of Crook Hall that heralds the onset of disaster. Sir Hugo is reconstructing the skeleton of a dinosaur that will crown his palaeontological career, but at every turn he is frustrated: by Harriet, his neglected wife; by giggling Cleo, their adored daughter, and her limp fiance Sidney Giblet; but most of all by the sly usurper Fledge himself, whose insidious machinations bring chaos to the decaying mansion . . .