-Mary's mother is in danger in Scotland, and the only way Mary can protect her by seeking help from her treacherous uncle, Richard.
-The English throne appears to be going to Elizabeth, not Mary.
-Mary's uncle Richard will only help protect Mary's mother if Francis agrees to make him his right-hand man once Francis becomes king.
-Francis agrees to the terms of the deal.
-Penelope has been banished from the king's company, even though she claims to be pregnant with his child.
-Queen Catherine sentences her to hard time in the tower, but then informs her that she can train to be one of the queen's courtesan-spies if she chooses.
-Penelope accepts the offer.
-King Henry, still quite mad, devises an impossible plan to maintain France's claim on the English throne.
-Bash and Kenna become more comfortable as a couple.
-Greer's father and sisters visit court to meet Lord Castleroy.
-Greer's father is a rude boor who is unkind to his daughter, lambasting her for embarrassing the family through her previous relationship with the cook.
-But both Greer and her father are shocked when Lord Castleroy declares that he is not seeking a dowry, and in fact, will give money to Greer's young sisters to ensure that they each have large enough dowries to marry for love.
-Greer begins to truly warm up to Castleroy.
-King Henry realizes that Queen Catherine has been telling the military to disregard his deranged orders.
-Once he realizes this, he over-rides her commands, sending out men to fight for France's right to the English throne.
-In an effort to prevent King Henry from causing a bloodbath, Francis pretends to go along with his father's plan, while actually enlisting Richard and his men to help fight for France's land.
-Because of this, Francis cannot send men to defend Mary's mother.
-Mary feels betrayed, and calls their marriage a mistake.