Welcome to Nampara, Cornwall, in the 1780s, where a serious charge of looting a shipwreck in Nampara Cove leaves Ross Poldark in grave danger of losing his liberty. And when the Warleggans decide to foreclose on his mine and estate, his liberty's not the only thing on the line. If he's to survive, he must find the unmined lode of copper at Wheel Grace, and to do this he must find Mark Daniel, the only man to have seen it, who's now living in exile. However, with war in France looming, Ross has many other decisions to make before joining his regiment in Flanders. Will he stay with Demelza and his young son Jeremy, or will Elizabeth -now betrothed to George Warleggan - ever manage to tempt him away? And just how will the social dynamics change when George Warleggan hears that he owes Ross Poldark his life?