Jenny sees the smoke from Abby's campfire but she has left by the time she gets there. Gregre. Greg is flagged down by an upper class woman called Anne Tranter.Tranter.
She directs him to a quarry where her partner, Vic Thatcher has had an accident. Vic isaccident. Vic is trapped under an overturned tractor.
Greg frees Vic and does his best to reset his broken leg but fears that Vic is crippled. Anne tells Greg that they were using the quarry as a base, scavenging supplies to be held in storage there.
Greg does not find himself warming to Anne who comes across as selfish and arrogant. Jenny who is now beside herself with loneliness meets Tom Price again.
Tom still wants nothing to do with her. He tells her that the Americans will be over to sort things out soon.
Abby comes across a settlement of men in a manor house. Their leader is ex-Union president, Arthur Wormley, who has taken upon himself the responsibility for law and order in the country. He believes his authority stands, under the martial law imposed at the time of national emergency, to control food supplies and mete out punishment for lootings.
Over a meal, they discuss the life the survivors of the death. However Abby's opinion of him changes when she witnesses him sentence a man to death for leading an attack on the manor house.
Abby is frightened and disgusted by Wormley's methods and outlook and leaves the manor house immediately.
Greg is disgusted by Anne's plans to have people work for her in return for food, and in the morning decides to leave her and Vic. However he promises to return with drugs for the latter first, after which he will leave them for good. Anne runs after him as he leaves, but he continues to drive off.
Anne is angry and distressed by Greg's desertion and decides to callously abandon Vic after Greg is gone.
Vic calls out to her but she does not respond. Jenny and Greg meet for the first time whilst he is raiding a chemist shop for drugs.
They drive back to the quarry together but Anne meets them at the entrance. She lies and tells Greg that the drugs aren't required as Vic is dead. Greg reluctantly agrees to her joining them. They bed down in a barn for the night. Jenny spies a fire on the horizon and she and Greg set out for it immediately. Anne refuses to go with them.
As the sun rises on a new day they reach the fire outside a church. Abby greets them, saying that she hoped the fire would attract some more survivors...
The pace of the series does not let up with this second episode which introduces the character of Greg Preston, who's engineering skills and practical knowledge will prove invaluable to other survivors. Greg's opposal to Ann's ideas and aid to Vic gives a good snapshot of this pivotal character. Although what is most probably most informative is his apparent lack of emotion at finding his wife's body.
The episode profiles some alternative reactions to life after the death. Wormley played...