Garrow gets pulled into a complex web of conspiracy and political double-dealing while defending a man accused of murder during a riot on polling day. He is assisted by Southouse's nephew George Pinnock. Garrow is also alone and grieving as Sarah run away with her son.
Garrow is faced with a difficult case and a difficult choice: he takes on the British colonial system by prosecuting General Thomas Picton for allowing a torture as a governor of Trinidad; but Lord Melville offers him a deal in exchange for helping Lady Sarah get her son back. Garrow has to make an impossible choice: love or honour. It cannot be both. Meanwhile, Southouse's health deteriorates.moreless
Garrow defends two silk weavers accused of industrial sabotage. The case becomes complicated when one turns King's Evidence against the other.
Garrow challenges the legal definition of madness in Georgian England by defending a man accused of high treason for attempting to assassinate King George III.