Anxious to gain a contract with wealthy Zebediah Pringlehoffer, James travels to Foochow to bring home a cargo of tea. Leonora accompanies him and continues to rise in his estimation as she copes with an injury on board. James plans to bring his cargo round the Cape of Good Hope but ultimately loses the contract to Fogarty, who has vied with him in bringing home a tea cargo but used the overland railway to save time. Robert becomes a member of parliament and moves ,with Sarah, to London.
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