Secretary Farlow returns to the colony with an alchemist, who tries to convince the governor that lead can be transformed into gold thanks to some ingredients provided by the doctor and the Sharrows. The latter drive a hard bargain when providing the goods. The sheriff warns the people against the sin of buggery. Mrs Castrel makes an important confession to the doctor while dashing the hopes of the blacksmith still infatuated with her. Someone tries to frame Maria for theft. A letter from England brings bad news for the Sharrows.