Amidst the political turbulence there is also social exuberance for some members of the upper class. Georgina strikes up a friendship with a wild society girl causing great distress to her family. Meanwhile, James is experiencing the heartaches of unrequited love as Georgina doesn't recognise his strong feelings for her. Worst of all a massive blow is dealt to the whole household as tragedy strikes Eaton Place. James has unfortunately made a bad investment and is forced to sell Eaton Place to pay off creditors.