Jack Ford has earned a reputation as someone to be feared and respected in Gallowshields. Realising his ambition to get on, he lives well and doesn't seem to want for money. Continuing to mix with aristocracy while maintaining his Seaton family ties, he also looks out for his Union comrades. Jack returns from London to discover Billy has been given a warehouse by Mr Ryder to use as his free medical clinic. Dolly gives birth to a son but whose name will be on the birth certificate? Dolly and Tom's baby is christened and Mr Seaton goes to hospital to have his operation. Bella misses Jessie who now lives in Kent with Arthur. Jack has returned home after the cruise and is bored. Lady Caroline announces she is to marry a Coldstream Guard and Mr Seaton is out of hospital. Billy is in his father's bad books because of a rumoured romance that could ruin both of their livelihoods. Jack is helping the Duke of Bedlington to find out who's threatening him. It is The Shoeless Children's Ball and Jack chases Billy's girl to spite him. Jack and his band of men catch the man who has been threatening the Duke and Lady Caroline.