It’s the election of January 1835, and revolution is in the air in Halifax. Returned to Shibden Hall and determined to move on from Mariana Lawton, Anne Lister throws herself into furthering the Tory cause.
With rumblings of discontent from Radicals looking to dismantle the traditional seats of power, it’s clear this won’t be an easy win for Anne’s party, but the violence and lawlessness of how the election unfolds horrifies everyone.
Meanwhile, after a wall of silence from her sister, Ann Walker is stunned to learn that, at such a volatile time, the Sutherlands have ordered evictions on their shared property. With this, and Anne Lister’s refusal to keep a low profile, the couple are drawing dangerous attention to themselves, and their relationship.