Jamie and Claire arrive at Lallybroch, where Jamie is lord of the manor. He's been away for four years and the reception he receives from his sister Jenny is frosty at best. She's now married to his old friend and has a young son with another on the way. He plans on staying on, despite Claire's misgivings about being seen by the English. His attempt at being in charge doesn't go well and Jenny tells him he'll ruin the estate if he doesn't change his ways. They make their peace but soon learn there are other dangers as great as the English.