1659 - Charles II; The Restoration
The bleak years of Cromwell's Protectorate are drawing to a close. Civil war and its aftermath have left Morland Place in bad case, but with the return of the king, Ralph, the master, believes he can rebuild its fortunes. For his beautiful and ambitious cousin Annunciata it means a journey to London where, embroiled in the amours and intrigues of Charles's Court, she makes her fortune and at last unlocks the secret of her past. A kinder age is dawning, but still uncertainty, conflict and sorrow await both Ralph and Annunciata before they can find peace and forgiveness.