Happily married to Lord Kildare, Lady Emily makes a point of visiting her sister Lady Caroline who had only recently given birth to Stephen, who they call Ste. Living in Ireland, Emily is happily married and her lustful relationship with her husband produces many children. As the years go by, she arranges a reconciliation between Caroline and their parents . When Lord Richmond dies however, his will puts the care of two younger children, Louisa and Sarah, in Emily's hands. As the older sister, Caroline is somewhat put out feeling that she should have been entrusted with their care and upbringing. As they get older, Louisa marries without having had a London season.