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.
Gert and Adelaide receive a hair-raising summons; Gordon has a spine-tingling encounter with Sligh Skinner.
Important legislation concerning the citizenship of refugee Hwaathi is discussed; Winston investigates his own home and catches up with Gerold over the Dockside riots; Adelaide has much on her mind.
An explosion rocks the city; Allan confesses a suspicion to Adelaide during an unenthusiastic birthday party.
At last the Heroes’ Festival! Allan, Adelaide, and ‘Gert’ head down to Dockside to attend a performance of a banned play and get far, far more than they expected.