A passionate misunderstanding, a surprise visit and a stolen umbrella set into motion a series of events that unexpectedly intertwine the lives of the Schlegels, the Wilcoxes and the Basts.
After Mrs. Wilcox’s death, her family is surprised by her final request regarding Howards End. The Schlegels face eviction from their home at Wickham Place. The Schlegel sisters take up the cause of Jacky Bast’s husband.
Still searching for a new home, Margaret receives an unexpected offer from Henry which could change everything. Helen is incensed by the unfair fate of the Basts. The three families collide at a wedding, and Henry’s past is revealed.
Margaret refuses to punish Henry for his past misdeeds. Helen leaves abruptly for Europe without explanation. Margaret and Tibby enlist Henry’s help to resolve issues at Howards End—where the three families finally have a showdown.