1885 - The Late Victorian era
With the death of her rector husband Henrietta is finally free to marry her love, the wealthy and handsome Jerome Compton. But Victorian propriety disapproves of Jerome's divorced status, and the couple are forced to seek anonymity in London. Henrietta finds she takes to urban life with great enjoyment, and she meets and becomes close to her cousin, Lady Venetia. Initially shunned for pursuing her medical career, Venetia is now a respected doctor, while her marriage to Beauty Hazelmere has redeemed her socially, and she finds herself drawn into the elite circle of Bertie, Prince of Wales. But while the cousins both thrive, storm clouds are gathering, and one of them will be forced out of society and into exile.