A newly widowed father of 2 buys a property which just happens to include a nearly defunct zoo - complete with lion, bear, tiger, etc. His children have the modern attitudes we expect, and their father is sincere about making it all work. Even the ferocious animals and their keepers- part of the package deal -are loveable through it all. Will they meet the deadline set by that nasty inspector?
There is a recognizable ordinariness about the way these people stumble in and out of trouble, in and out of grace -- an ambiguous note, at once tart and sweet, knowing and innocent, in their relationships.