The Emperor has postponed John's trading license, at the request of the General. John has a gold statue commissioned for the Empress, in hope that this will speed up the license. Sam betrays John and goes to the General and tells him about it. When they go to the docks, the statue is not there and the escort servant is found murdered. There is a ceremony for the baby August, and Henrietta lets her racism show. John and Daniel go in disguise to find the statue.