In the dead of night, a corpse bubbles to the surface of the river. But at The Paradise, wedding fever is in the air, driven largely by Moray's best man and dedicated supporter, Dudley. When Pauline and Sam urge Denise to return to the store, she refuses, not wanting to abandon her uncle. But Edmund gives his blessing for her return to what she's best at and what she loves. Denise and Miss Audrey then discuss Denise putting an end to her feelings for Moray; success with this will give her strength. Clara is the only one unhappy with Denise's return.
When Moray announces to The Paradise staff that he is throwing a party for them on the day of his wedding, he begins to falter when he sees Denise in the crowd. Later, Denise receives a note arranging a meeting, and when she arrives on the bridge, Moray is waiting. He tells Denise he cannot marry Katherine, because he loves her. They fall into a passionate embrace. Moray warns her that there will be a scandal, but they can no longer deny what is between them. Denise is thrilled. But before Moray can confess his true feelings to Katherine, Lord Glendenning reveals that he has bought the freehold of Tollgate Street. The Paradise and Moray are now beholden to him.
Word travels fast that the floating corpse is the barber, Bradley Burroughs. Jonas reassures Arthur that Burroughs must have fallen into the river drunk, and urges him to keep quiet about what he saw, out of loyalty to his employer Moray. However, staff are starting to speculate that Jonas may have had a hand in the man’s demise.
Ladieswear is festooned with wedding veils in celebration of the pending wedding. When Katherine walks into ladieswear to see Denise wearing a veil as an innocent joke, she storms out, feeling mocked, furious that Denise has returned. When she finds Moray, he tells her the truth. But Katherine refuses to release Moray and when she reminds him that he is beholden to her, he stands his ground: there will be no wedding.
Edmund is shocked and upset when Clara drunkenly informs him that Denise is in love with Moray. He is blames Miss Audrey for keeping her knowledge about Denise's feelings to herself. He's convinced that Moray will prey on his niece.
With Dudley's encouragement, Arthur confesses what he witnessed, and what Jonas said, to Moray. To his great shame, Moray knows that he is complicit in the barber's murder, and he cannot go to the police about Jonas. Dudley dismisses Jonas from the store.
Meanwhile, Katherine sets her sights on Denise and swears that if there is any love for Denise in Moray’s heart, then she will dig it out. She sends for the shopgirl and tells Denise that her father now owns the street freehold and controls not just Moray's fate, but her uncle's as well. With so much now at stake for the people she loves, Denise tries to convince Moray to marry Katherine. He refuses, saying that he can start over, but she cannot support him losing everything. It's enough, she suggests, that they will always know the truth about their love.
Jonas volunteers to leave The Paradise and take the stain with him, away from Moray, and with a heavy heart, Moray agrees. Later that night Jonas drops his black book into the river and leaves.
Wedding fever has had an unusual effect on Miss Audrey. When the big day arrives, she seeks out Edmund, admits to being afraid of love, and asks his forgiveness for the hurt she has caused him over the years. Edmund tells Miss Audrey that he loves her still, and they kiss.
The wedding bells chime and as Katherine descends the stairs of Belville Hall in her wedding dress, a panic-stricken Moray seeks out Denise. He finds her in the delivery yard, their eyes meet, and while everyone watches, he kisses her.