As Demelza manages their affairs in Cornwall she encountersdisenchantment and a new opponent, Tess. George meanwhilestruggles to engage with the world after Elizabeth's death andit falls to Cary to expand the family empire - as Valentinestruggles to find his place within it.
Arriving in London,Ross finds a city gripped with paranoia, and is determined tosave Ned from the conspiracy that imprisoned him. George entersinto an alliance with the merchant behind Ned's imprisonment,Ralph Hanson, whose business is in upholding the slave trade.Meanwhile, Geoffrey Charles decides to follow in Ross'sfootsteps and enter the military - but also finds himself drawnto Cecily Hanson, Ralph's daughter.
As George's grief leadsthe Warleggans into uncharted and worrying territory, Rossdiscovers a grave plot and is urged to heroism, while Demelzais forced into action herself back at home.