Left home alone while her parents enjoy a holiday in Spain, eighteen-year-old Emily looks forward to at last snatching a little fun and freedom for herself. But her strict father has asked their next-door neighbour, Arthur, to keep an eye on her while they're away. To Emily, Arthur has always been more of an uncle than a neighbour, and she is utterly shocked when he lays stringent codes of behaviour for her to conform to, and even grounds her for being out after the unreasonable evening curfew he sets for her! Performing his duty with overzealous diligence, he informs bewildered Emily that poor behaviour will jeopardise her own forthcoming holiday, he threatens to tell her father about any misdemeanours - fabricated or otherwise, and he keeps a report book in which he compiles evidence against her. Seeing Emily as unruly and wicked, he sets out to instil obedience with stringent discipline and his leather belt. Arthur not only has Emily in the palm of his hand, but the key to her holiday, too.