Charlotte returns to Sanditon in unexpected circumstances. A company of Army Officers descend on the town, offering romantic opportunities. Meanwhile, Georgiana meets an intriguing artist and Esther Babington has an unwanted encounter with her past.
Charlotte starts her new job as governess for the mysterious Alexander Colbourne. Alison longs for her knight in shining armor. Georgiana receives bad news, and Tom and Colonel Lennox make plans for Sanditon's development.
Lennox and Colbourne's rivalry over Charlotte comes to a head. Georgiana makes a decision that will impact her future. Edward's manipulation of Esther takes a dark turn as Alison realizes what she has been missing.
Alison prepares to leave Sanditon with her dreams of romance fading. Esther faces a bleak future. Charlotte wonders what her future will look like. Georgiana learns shocking truths when Sidney's belongings are returned.