Freddie Threepwood's old pal Blister is all set to marry his precious dream rabbit Prudence, a young cousin of Freddie's. But just before the wedding Prudence is shipped off to Blandings by her disapproving mother. Freddie, Blister and their friend Tipton Plimsoll follow. To effect a reconciliation with Prudence, Blister, who has the soul if not the skill of an artist, poses as a painter of pigs, commissioned by Lord Emsworth to do a portrait of his beloved Empress. Tipton, meanwhile, has fallen in love with Veronica, another cousin of Freddie's. Needless to say, affairs of the heart never run smoothly at Blandings.