From the glamorous world of television production, working on some of the BBC's hottest soap operas, dramas, and educational programmes - Sophie is torn between her love of Africa, and returning to England for the sake of her career. But when she falls ill on the set of a show she is directing, she is forced to take to her bed, and over the next ten months, to take stock of her life.
It sounds like a novel. But it isn't.
Diagnosed in 1991 with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sophie's doctor at the BBC prescribes an extraordinary treatment: write a diary. So, armed with a her watercolours, and with the support of her family, friends, dogs, and otters in rural Gloucestershire, she sets out on a spiritual journey which is at times funny, poignant and uplifting.