An aspiring romance author accidently tests her theories of perfect love when she develops an interest in her house swap partner while writing her first novel, only to find the man who could be her true love is anything but perfect, but the messy life that develops from their budding romance might be.
EMILY (Em), an arts graduate and aspiring romance author, leads the perfect inner city life. However after being left jobless and betrayed following the bookshop closing down and finding her boyfriend kissing Barbie outside the pub, Em is motivated by her bestie BIANAC, an aspiring actor, to go and write her book. Perfect timing or not!
Em organises a house swap with MATT on the Sunshine Coast. He’s an easy going landscape gardener and a bit of a country lad. Definitely not her type! Nor is the dog he has lumped on her to care for, in this imperfect deal.
Em settles in to Matt’s beach house and embraces a Queensland Christmas. She meets her neighbours Stella and daughter Lexi, and Stella’s hunky brother, James, the international pilot, who asks Em out. Em is tempted but tries to resist, given he is exactly the type she has left behind in the city.
Meanwhile, Em and Matt develop a rapport over video chat, over the care of his dog and her perfect plants. Matt encourages Em in her writing. Em espouses her theories on love, in particular, that people have to have the same interests for the romance to survive. Em is fascinated by Matt but holds back, as she’s not sure who the girl is in the photos in his house? And why won’t he talk about her?
Matt also holds back. He has secrets that he is sure Emily won’t accept. Before Em has a chance to find out more, her bestie Bianca comes across Matt and starts a hot fling. Em’s sad she missed out, so she decides she may as well give things a go with James.
When Matt comes home to Queensland unexpectedly, Emily and Matt are forced to confront their differences. Emily finds out Matt’s secret, and now she can see the truth of who he is – a nice bloke! She falls for him all the more. She must now decide where her heart lies and whether she can be true to herself. She wants the perfect love but she is now finding out love can only ever be perfectly messy!