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As the fire creeps close to the gunpowder-filled Tower of London, King Charles finally takes action. Sarah is recaptured and presented to the king as the fire’s instigator. Thomas seeks Pepys’ help to influence the king in her favor.
Thomas flees the burning city with his family. Shocked at the speed of the inferno’s spread, Pepys calls on the king to address the mayor’s failing efforts. Thomas’ sister-in-law, Sarah, is imprisoned in Newgate as her son searches for her.