The first part of Series 3 of the 'Upstairs Downstairs' collection spans the pre-war period of 1912-1914. Tragedy strikes Eaton Place with an untimely death,, sending the entire household into turmoil. Hudson is forced to reflect on his loyalty to the Bellamys and wrestles with his conscience when an attractive job opportunity arises. Miss Forrest, a quiet young typist from Wimbledon is recruited to help Richard Bellamy with his political biography, and struggles to fit in with tin other less than welcoming residents. And Rose has an unexpected encounter with Alfred, the old footman, who is on the run after killing his lover.... Who is the mysterious French Countess who has her sights set on Richard Bellamy? Will he fall for her continental charm?