The truth about Merrick comes out; Perron, Sarah and Susan are on a train during a riot as India prepares to split with Pakistan.
As British rule ends in August 1947, Perron returns to India and learns Merrick has died.
After the Japanese surrender, Merrick is recalled to Delhi; Perron and Sarah become intimate; Rowan gives Hari's file to Perron.
Soon after the atomic explosion on Hiroshima, a distressed Sarah learns that Merrick and Susan are engaged.
Intelligence officer Perron (Charles Dance) witnesses one of Merrick's interrogations, then meets Sarah at the Maharanee's; Merrick warns Perron.
Susan's son escapes a fiery death; Barbie finds Mildred and the adjutant making love.
Sarah meets Hari's interrogator (Nicholas le Prevost); Barbie must leave Rose Cottage; Susan's sanity snaps.
Clark (Stuart Wilson) escorts Sarah; Mabel confesses to Barbie (Peggy Ashcroft); finding Mabel dead sends Susan into labor early.
Susan learns of Teddie's death; Sarah (Geraldine James) goes to Calcutta to visit Merrick, burned trying to save Teddie.
Lady Manners persuades the governor to review evidence against Hari; with Teddie in Burma, Susan is alone on her birthday.
A stone is thrown at the Nawab's car, carrying best-man Merrick and groom Teddie to the wedding.
Lady Manners (Rachel Kempson) agrees to raise Daphne's baby; Merrick is Bingham's (Nicholas Farrell) army roommate.
Merrick is determined to learn the truth after young Daphne claims to have been attacked by a gang of ruffians.
Paul Scott's saga opens in 1942 India with English policeman Merrick (Tim Pigott-Smith) and British-educated Kumar (Art Malik) who loves Daphne (Susan Wooldridge), whom Merrick hopes to marry.