After a bitter childhood as the son of Judge Middleton’s gardener, Rex Frome has returned, and now lives in the judge’s estate. Elsewhere, Henry talks with his daughter Hazel about her sons, and their job with Mr Frome. Hazel thinks its great that Frome has overcome and returned, though Henry is uncomfortable. Fannie and Hazel greet Jack as he comes home early from his law office. Henry thinks the actions of Frome are humiliating to the family, and tells all about it. The complaints get derailed when Henry talks admiringly about Jack’s six girls. Jack is feeling weary, with the weight of the world in providing for his family.
Margret runs in with a gift for her grandparents. The cake and card she made herself is revealed to be helped along by Mr Frome. Everybody seems to be warming up to the new neighbor, all but Henry. Margret is a source of news that disturbs Henry all the more. Meanwhile, Cliff walks with Claudia down a path they enjoyed as kids. How is she doing with her husband Nick out of the country? What does she think about the arrival of Frome after all these years? Why is she plagued by uncertain feelings? As the fog rolls in over the bay, Paul checks on his little brother and sister in the tree.
Later after supper, Henry blows up when he learns the truth to the rumor Margret told him earlier. Frome enters to a cold greeting. Paul and Rex discuss the stodgy nature of Henry. Rex muses that it would be interesting if Paul should hit it off well with his sister, who is coming to town tomorrow.