Ross attempts to turn around the fortunes of Carnmore one last time but afterhe is outbid he reluctantly shuts the company down. George takes the opportunity to rub his face in it. Feeling guilty about Keren's death, Dwight immerses himself into work, dealing with an outbreak of the putrid throat. Ross finds out that all at Trenwith are stricken with the disease and he attempts to persuade Dwight to treat them. Demelza attempts to help and becomes infected and passes it on to baby Julia.
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 8 Synopsis and Schedule