On the first day of the New Year, Winston makes a play for help from Jehan Plowright, Master of Plow, with middling results. Gordon makes a gamble that pays off, allowing him his much-needed in with Sligh Skinner. Neville has a devastating loss, but his best friend is there to catch him.
Glendale is ringing in the New Year: from the Sun Terrace of the Duchess’s castle, to the backyard of Rounds, the whole city is kicking up its heels. Gordon wonders about the true identity of Gray, and the various friends Adelaide has made come together for a firelit celebration.
After a busy workday, Adelaide receives an unexpected visit and hears a great deal of troubling family history.
At long last, Adelaide finally begins to learn some important family history, right from the source, when an unexpected visitor pays her a call.
Gert and Adelaide receive a hair-raising summons; Gordon has a spine-tingling encounter with Sligh Skinner.
Burning Leaves is coming, and Adelaide learns the history of this Vitralese festival while considering her progress at literacy; Gordon considers subjects of interest with Gray; Neville has a setback but keeps moving forward.