Mrs. Cadogan leaves for a funeral and a job cook is hired to replace her. Flurry and Sally return from their honeymoon in Paris, and Flurry is up to his old tricks again. He convinces Major Yeates to go on a hunting trip that turns out badly for the Major.
On the eve of the annual local regatta, the rivalry between the Callaghans and the Foleys heats up and the Foleys wind up in court. The major sets off to carry out his duties as patron of the regatta but gets sidetracked when Flurry's friend persuades him to help raid the butcher shop
A ship with a full cargo of rum runs aground near Shebawn, and the locals engage in broken revelry as the barrels wash ashore. Of course, the subsequent police search reveals practically no signs of rum.
Christmas proves a tense time for the Yeateses when Philippa collides with Oweneen while driving the carriage. When it's discovered that one of the people injured in the carriage accident is an evil mountain man known as Oweneen the Sprat, the family is overcome with fear.
Flurry and Sally are threatened with being put out on the street after they discover that the landlord of Aussolas Castle wants to rent it out. Their time to deal with eviction is lessened by a telegram detailing the impending arrival of the new tenant. It appears Mrs. Knox is serious in her intent.