Paul is in the Australian army and returns to France after recovering from a leg injury.
Emma raises Bryan until Blackie returns from the war. They fall in love, and while their time together is short, it is a very intense affair.
He tells her Edwin will soon be engaged and demands she tell him where the child is.
Emma refuses to admit there is a child, and after a violent confrontation, realizes she needs someone to protect her.
The book starts with an elderly Emma flying to New York with her personal assistant and favourite grandchild, Paula. She has trained Paula to be her successor, both as the head of Harte Stores and as representative of her mother, Daisy Amory, at Sitex.
On their arrival in New York, Emma's secretary, Gaye, tells her she heard Emma's sons discussing a plan to force her to retire and break up her empire so the pieces can be sold.