After her mother died, Tohru Honda didn't have a place to live. Another family invited her to stay with them in exchange for doing household chores. She finds the Sohma family most unusual. When family members are hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals from the Chinese zodiac. Tohru also has to tread carefully to avoid the wrath of the mysterious Akito, the head of the Sohma family who doesn't seem to appreciate Tohru digging into his family's secrets.