Ross finds it hard to keep the Carnmore smelting company going and George Warleggan is determined to see it close down. George's agents outbid Carnmore so that it has no copper and George attempts to talk its shareholders, who all remain secret except Ross. Following a rockfall at Wheal Leisure Mark returns home early and discovers that Keren is not there. He finds her at Dwight's house and learns that they have been sleeping together.
Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.
Poldark - Series 1, Episode 7 Synopsis and Schedule