Anne decides that honesty is required and hopes that seeking confession with Caroline will appease her guilt and lay to rest the ghosts from her past. Anne has sorely underestimated Lady Brockenhurst, who sets about to unearth the secrets that bind the families together. Hosting a prestigious dinner party she invites a special guest, whose presence reveals a deceit James Trenchard would wish to keep private. Caroline’s attentiveness to the guest of honour grabs the attention of her brother-in-law, Stephen and nephew, John. Both men have a vested interest in the inheritance of the childless Brockenhursts and are not about to welcome a rival. It soon becomes clear to Anne, that the Countess plans to manipulate the situation to her advantage.