Nine people converge on a health resort called Tranquillum House in the Australian countryside for a 10-day retreat. They are seeking to lose weight, to reboot their lives, to heal relationships, or just to get away from it all.

They have no idea what they have signed up for, as the health resort owner has some unconventional treatments in store, beyond the usual yoga, sparse meals, sauna and massage. This is good fun, and Moriarty creates characters I enjoyed getting to know, particularly romance novelist Frances Welty.