Royal navy lieutenant Duncan Fraser is dismissed after taking the blame in court-martial for his friend and captain Gregory Taylor, who arranges a job for him as driver with the wealthy widow Lady Claire Sherberton, who lives an a grand coastal estate with kinsman William and her equally widowed daughter in law Nicole. Duncan falls in love with Nicole, lady Claire is robbed and sabotages their socially undesirable affair.
A Cornish coastal castle estate family is forced to sell it, as they can't break-even as a hotel. Cousin Andrew Morgan, who directs the regional string orchestra, fears to loose his home venue, but may prove an asset for a solution. Meanwhile a just-graduated German tourist pretends to be a socialite to meet and recruit real ones as investors, having won a trip for two her best friend entered in her name.
Jamie Palmer returns after three years to his natal Newquay, Cornwall, just when his ex Julia Adams and buddy David Taylor hold their bachelor parties, neither of which he attends. Drunk David accidentally starts an affair with waitress Lucy Jones, forgiving her being the criminal publican's accomplice. Jamie accepts to help Julia's aging pa, perfectionist gin manufacturer, and to his surprise gets another shot at Julia, yet still wrestles with a secret medical condition.
Edward Rosmore, a millionaire suffering from a fatal disease, uses a pretext to bring George Armstrong - the man his beloved wife adored when she was younger - back into her life; he wants to make sure there will be somebody to look after her after his death. But his plan seems to go completely askew when his wife misunderstands his intentions and thinks he is planning a new beginning with his secretary. On top of which her daughter begins to fall in love with George, not realizing he is actually her father. And then, when the misunderstandings and half-truths have ...
Cornish wine estate heir Jonathan Benson, a playboy only interested in car races despite his economics degree, isn't amused when his aunt, Lady Kate Benson, offers Hannah Powell the opportunity to market their wine, but the deal includes 'collaborating with', i.e. apprenticing, him as manager. In the process, they become lovers. However each has a compromising secret: his gambling debts-induced deal with would be-buyer Nick Stevens and her unsuspecting, sickly daughter, raised by a local relative when she left to learn wine-making in France.
Anglican reverend Paul Gilmore is transferred after unsubstantiated rumors of sexual misconduct from Newquay to Seabridge, within Cornwall diocese, followed only by his housekeeper and sister in law, Jane. Widower Paul falls in love with architect Penelope Moore, the architect hired by tycoon Mylor to transform his old parish church, which barely draws half a dozen people on sunny days, into a HQ for his surfing company, which sponsors his son Justin, who starts an affair with Penelope's daughter Mia.