James Onedin and Anne finally move into a
real house of their own (for £25 per year). When James sees
Braganza in Portugal, he learns that his best client may
soon be out of business. The 'devastador' beetle is ravaging
the grapes of Europe, and the vineyard next to Braganza's is
already infested. He hopes to graft the roots of resistant
North American grapes, but has been unable to charter a ship
to get them. The only available suitable one is the clipper
James Onedin proposes a bold plan: that the two buy the ship
and its cargo. In exchange for Braganza putting up the
money, he will get his grape roots for free and half the
profits on the ship's voyages for the next five years,
unless James can buy him out before the five years are over.
If he cannot, Braganza will get full ownership of the
Pampero. On the voyage, unfavorable winds and troublesome
passengers make James Onedin decide not to go to Pernambuco
to deliver his cargo, but straight to Baltimore, United
States. Avoiding a monopoly of salt traders, he makes a deal
with a railroad builder: the salt portion of his cargo at a
vastly reduced price in exchange for the railroad workers
collecting 100,000 of the grape roots that grow like weeds
in the region.
Elizabeth Onedin and Albert Frazer elope...