William Ogilvie arrives in Ireland to act as teacher for Emily's children. Sarah has developed a reputation while staying in Paris and both scandal and gossip ensue. Lady Caroline does her best to ensure that Emily hears nothing of it. Sarah is unhappy however and feels guilty over her behavior but it doesn't prevent her from having an affair with William Gordon with whom she has fallen deeply in love. She becomes pregnant by him and confides in Caroline whose advice is that she tell no one. Sarah's husband is willing to put her indiscretion in the past provided she gives up her lover. She doesn't do so and runs off with Gordon. The youngest of the Lennox sisters, Cecelia, goes to England to help Sarah with her child but she is not well. Sarah's indiscretions lead to a wedge being driven through the family, thereby tainting Cecelia's reputation and whose health takes a turn for the worse.