Jon now lives in North Carolina, and the beautiful Anne Wilmot is in love with him. He is a gentleman farmer growing peaches and his mother Irene is visiting. Anne's brother Francis expresses concern over Jon not publicly declaring his love for his sister and Irene tells him he was once hurt by a woman and that perhaps explains it. He needn't have worried as they are soon married. Francis Wilmot visits London and gets an invitation to stay with Fleur and Michael. The UK's first Labour government falls and Michael Mont faces re-election as a member of the Conservative party. After some nasty comments about Michael and Fleur appear in a gossip column, Soames has a go at an aristocrat, Marjorie Ferrar, who called Fleur a snob. Fleur decides to go to war but her action may put her in a position to be sued for libel.