A mysterious illness strikes Miss Audrey, who first loses her voice, then faints in the middle of the ladieswear department (which, surely, she'd consider a sin!). Against her will, she takes to her bed, desperate to recuperate as quickly as possible. With a temporary vacancy at the helm of ladieswear, Moray passes over Clara, who has nominated herself for the position, in favor of Denise. An important order is expected from Fabian Eberhart, owner of the Bohemian Cabaret, and Moray thinks that Denise has the creativity to secure it. Denise's promotion destroys her fragile friendship with Clara, who is spiteful about the injustice. Fully aware, Denise pleads with Moray to give the position to someone with more experience, but he inspires her to believe in herself and prove him right in his choice.
Initially, Denise struggles to rally her team in ladieswear and must thwart Clara's attempt at sabotage. But the arrival of Fabian Eberhart gives her a chance to demonstrate her ability, and she shines.
Meanwhile, Moray is on edge because of Peter Adler' courtship of Katherine, who is enjoying Adler's attentions. But in spite of her efforts to grow fond of Adler and show interest in his pleasures, Katherine is still drawn to Moray. Glendenning wants his daughter to marry Adler and seeks assurance from Moray that he won't pursue Katherine. When probed by the persistent Katherine, Moray attributes his reluctance to marry to respect for the memory of his deceased wife. Frustrated, Katherine only wants him more.
When Glendenning sees that Katherine’s resolve to move on from Moray is failing, he becomes so frustrated that he accidentally shoots a beater while out on a hunt. He is rattled by the stress of Katherine's infatuation with Moray, and wants desperately to rid his family of this curse.
Dudley, ever-protective of Moray and thinking that jealousy of Adler is bothering him, takes it into his hands to urge Katherine to visit Moray. He honestly believes that together they can find happiness, and that it is Moray's wish. Yet, the mixed-up Moray, in a vulnerable state, succumbs once more to Clara’s seduction until an interruption helps Moray to stop himself before it goes too far.
After Dudley's visit, Katherine confesses to her father that she loves Moray and cannot settle for anyone else. Angry, Glendenning makes her tell Adler herself, to face the consequences and truth of who she is.
Poor Miss Audrey, unimproved – and perhaps worse after learning of Denise's success – receives a visit from Edmund. Despite her protestations of the impropriety of his visit to her rooms, she feels at ease confiding in him her desperate fears of growing old and no longer being needed. Their mutual, unresolved history both brings them close and keeps them apart.
When Edmund finally remembers that it’s Miss Audrey’s birthday, he tells Denise that this must have triggered her illness, and Denise in turn reports this to Moray. Moray realizes that he has added to Miss Audrey’s fears of obsolescence by championing Denise, leaving her scared of being outshone and usurped. What's more, her fears are being realized as she's been confined to bed. Moray goes to Miss Audrey and tells her that ladieswear is floundering in her absence and he will have to close it until she can return. On hearing this, Miss Audrey is moved and gratified, and feels well enough to rise from her bed. She accompanies him downstairs to find a surprise birthday party that Moray has organized for her. He ensures her that she will always be his leading lady, whereupon the fully restored Miss Audrey forbids Denise from approaching Moray.