Amber and Nigel, their seventeen-year-old daughter Liberty, and Amber's father Michael, live in London. When Amber and Nigel are both made redundant, they are no longer able to pay their mortgage. Facing repossession of their house, they decide to give everything up and go north to Scotland on a camping trip to contemplate their future. Liberty and Michael elects to stay behind and make alternative living arrangements.
When they arrive in Scotland and pitch their tent in a new age camp, it becomes clear that Nigel is completely out of his depth. Amber copes much better, but both are fearful of the future. Meanwhile in London, Liberty is unhappy as she caught her boyfriend with another girl and decides to join her parents in Scotland., but it is not long before the stress of poverty and years of poor communication bring out long festering resentments to the surface. Matters are compounded when Michael arrives unannounced. Initially helpful, Nigel resents his presence. Liberty, tires of being caught up in their bickering, and goes off with a local boy to whom she has taken a liking. Sadly, she loses her mobile and cannot tell her parent where she is, which becomes worrisome and even more so when Michael suffers a heart attack and Amber sees Nigel for what he really is: self-centered, opinionated, and a bore. Yet, somehow, Amber overcomes the obstacles clouding her family's future and sets about providing a life for them all that they could only have dreamed of before.
In Scotland, the family encounter a number of well-disposed individuals who become new friends and who help them to find work. One of them encourages Amber to pursue her dream of making craft jewelry, which proves to play a major part in their financial recovery, the warm welcome that they receive facilitates the rebuilding of long-neglected relationships among all three generations of the family, in a new and more sustaining, if still unfamiliar surroundings, where they have become members of a supportive and sustaining local community.
Excellent performance, fine camerawork and the breathtaking views of the unspoiled Scottish countryside enhance the entertainment value of this unconventional family comedy, which is refreshingly upbeat and positive, in glaring contrast to the British fondness for depressing kitchen-sink tales of hopelessly dysfunctional families.