It seems as if secrets are running rampant in New Bedford. Toppy has just received copies of her just published book, but besides Honey and Grace, she does not want anyone to know that she is Lucinda Fairchild - the nom de plume she's used - until the book is well received. Grace discovers Van's secrets, which she confronts him about. Since Grace obviously knows the truth, he does not deny it. Toppy and by accident Rebecca are the only ones to whom Grace has confided about Van's real identity and the associated end of her marriage. Grace definitely does not want anyone else to know, including May, who, if she found out, would probably decline in health. But Grace may not be able to keep this a secret in the town as she has kicked Van out of the house and the only place he can go in town is the New Bedford Hotel, owned and managed by the town gossip, Callie, who will suspect something if Van checks in by himself. Despite Van's declaration of love for her, Grace convinces Van to leave ...