With the cloud of Bamford no longer hanging over the town, Coates now has the reins of Jericho firmly in his grasp. But in a bid to protect its inhabitants from rogue traders, Coates makes himself fierce enemies, which will have grave consequences f... (more)or not just him but for the whole of Jericho. Bamford’s departure also means that Annie and her family can begin to settle down. With her regular money coming in from her lodgers, George employed by Coates and Martha earning a wage at the tavern, Annie’s main concern seems to be batting-off the not unwelcome attention of Johnny Jackson. But any closeness between them is soon shattered by terrible news – Martha has fallen sick with fever. And the fever is spreading.