Everyone in Candleford is talking about the mysterious recluse Mr. Reppington, who has been hiding himself away in the Golden Lion Hotel for months. Dorcas is fascinated by the lonely existence of Mr Reppington, so when he sends her a cipher inviting her to meet him at midnight in the hotel gardens, she is thrilled to accept. But when she questions his solitary lifestyle, he brings their rendezvous to an abrupt end. It isn’t long before Daniel uncovers that he is, in fact, missing celebrated concert pianist William Bourne. The story could be a big scoop for Daniel but Laura urges him to do the decent thing and not reveal Bourne’s secret.