Jeremy plainly cares deeply for his family.
His business takes him all over the world but when he is home he gives them his full attention.
He calls occasionally at inconvenient hours from various places abroad, though the sound of his voice is never inconvenient.
His comfortably overweight wife, Avril, always gets a decent warning of his actual homecoming, so she can be sure of having ready his favourite food and wine.
But what if, this time, he's been delayed in Tokyo and won't, after all, be back by the weekend? And what if, suddenly, there's a young woman on the line to Avril with some surprising news that could disturb the pattern of a contented family life?
In Angela Huth's cannily observant tale of comfort food and feminine rivalry, which of the two women is likely to come off best when there are no more 'soft centres' left in the chocolate box? Who has the ultimate 'hard-centre'? Will Jeremy leave his wife for a younger, more streamlined, model? Or is there a way to keep him content?
Reader: Gemma Jones
Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis
A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.
Angela Huth's tale of female rivalry: what happens when there are no more soft centres?