The lives of several families in the Yorkshire Dales revolve around a farm and the nearby village. With murders, affairs, lies, deceit, laughter and tears, it's all there in the village.
Marc is on edge ahead of his court appearance the following day and he wallows in his room, as if it is the last time he'll be able to. Sean becomes concerned and asks Tara if she would mind playing second fiddle on this occasion. She seems happy enough until he seemingly stands her up later in the day and Andrew takes delight in rubbing Tara's nose in it. Angie feels pushed out when Ollie joins Marc and Sean for a walk, but Sean drops a bombshell and tells them it is time he moved on from the village. Marc is stunned, but Ollie intimates that she would like to go with him. Nicola takes great delight in watching Maggie row with Phil and Jess when they return to the holiday park. Jess finds herself defending her mum to Maggie before finding an unlikely ally in Lucy.
The events of 10th September have had a marked effect on Marc's life and he is terrified as he prepares for his day in court for the death of Miss Strickland. Donna ignores Viv's warning to stay away from him and gives Marc a lucky charm before he heads off to the courthouse. It seems it could have the desired effect when Marc learns that one of the more lenient judges is sitting. But it is not to be Marc's day as the judge hands down 12 months. Andrew continues to bait Tara about Sean losing interest in her. The remarks hit home and decides to move her horses out of the Stud Farm and leave Emmerdale as soon as possible. Zoe is happy to see the stallions go but Andrew wonders if he hasn't shot himself in the foot. Jess and Maggie are still at each other's throats and Phil finds himself caught in the crossfire. After yet another row,
Marc tries to adjust to life behind bars and makes friends with a fellow inmate. But life without him at home is tough for the Reynolds. Charity gives Sean the day off but he confesses that he needs a lifetime away from the village. Chris offers to buy Sean's half of the haulage business for Charity and he gladly accepts. He announces to locals that he is leaving and Terry lets slip that Tara is on her way too. Sean visits her to ask her to leave with him but is angered when she refuses to commit herself. And things don't get any better for Sean when he ends up rowing with Angie after Ollie announces she is leaving with him.
Marc is stunned when he receives a visit from Sean and Ollie to tell him they are leaving the village for good. He accuses Ollie of being selfish and begs her not to leave. His words hit home and, much to Angie's joy, she decides not to leave. Sean pushes ahead with his plans, though, and says his farewells in The Woolpack. But he is stunned by the upper-class hitch-hiker he spots as he drives away from the village. Lady Tara declares that she is leaving with him and he is only too happy to have her join him to make a new start together. Jack is troubled by what the future holds for him and Seth assures him that he has made the right decision selling the farm.
Andy finds himself in hot water when Jack discovers that he failed to turn up for his community service. But it's only the start of his problems, as Robert is desperate to make his life a living hell. As the gulf grows between Andy and Katie, Robert seizes the opportunity to make a less than subtle pass at Katie. But the brothers get physical when Andy discovers what has happened and confronts Robert. Latisha regrets her rash spending when she receives a huge bill from the catalogue company.
It's the end of an era for the Sugden family, as Emmerdale Farm goes under the hammer at auction. But Jack's hopes of escaping from his financial nightmare are dealt a blow when Chris tells him that he has no intention of bidding for the farm. Jack is distressed when the land fails to reach its reserved price and is withdrawn from the auction. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and a bidding war begins between Chris and Ray for the farmhouse. Latisha confides in Jason that she is sick of her mother treating her like a child.
Sparks begin to fly when Paddy receives a visit from his mother. Her attempts to repair her relationship with her son are dealt a massive blow when she starts to criticise his new choice of partner - Emily. Fed up with her attitude, Paddy stuns his mother when he demands that she leave immediately. Life as a single mother is taking its toll on Bernice. She agrees to let Ashley take the baby off her hands for the night, so that she can get a good night's sleep. But Diane is upset by the arrangements and enquires as to why Bernice didn't ask her first. Jack is in an emotional state as he moves out of Emmerdale Farm.
Latisha has Cain very much on her mind and is delighted when he offers her a lift to Hotten, but Cynthia isn't taken by the idea of her daughter spending so much time with the wayward Dingle. Cain isn't happy when Latisha brings baby Kirk along and makes his excuses before disappearing. But he is soon back on the scene when a thief pounces and tries to steal Latisha's bag. The thief hadn't reckoned on Cain's intervention and he is soon sent packing. Jason isn't happy when Latisha announces that she is dropping some beer off to Cain as a thank you. And his concerns prove valid when beer leads to the bedroom! Diane fusses over the baby and suggests names that Bernice quickly rejects.
After their night of passion Latisha tries to ignore Cain's advances. But even though she realises that she shouldn't have anything to do with him, she can't help but be attracted to him. Jason offers to baby sit for her, so that she can enjoy a night out with the girls - unaware that she plans to seize the opportunity to visit Cain instead! Ashley is upset when he spots Marlon walking his daughter. He visits Bernice and explains that he is worried that he will miss out on seeing her grow up. But will they be able to come to a happy compromise?
Life as a single mother is taking its toll on Bernice and, unable to deal with the pressure, she takes her frustration out on everyone around her. The situation doesn't improve when the midwife arrives and suggests that a pub is not necessarily the best place for a baby. Ashley is worried when Bernice visits him and tells him of the midwife's concerns. Seizing the opportunity he suggests that they should move in to the vicarage. Viv discovers that the local MP is standing down and decides to run for office herself. Meanwhile, Eric visits Chris and asks him to support his campaign. Charity is pleased to hear of his visit and is convinced that it may be the ideal way to blackmail Eric into helping her land the refuge contract. Paddy grows frustrated by his mother's attempts to contact him. After yet another phone call, he tells her not to ring again.
Ashley is excited that Bernice and their baby are moving back to the vicarage. But will he be able to forgive and forget her recent indiscretions? Diane isn't pleased to hear of her daughter's plans, but Bernice assures her that it is for the best. Ashley is thrilled to see Bernice, but she can't help feeling awkward at the situation she has got herself in. Her concerns about adjusting to motherhood grow when she sees how natural Ashley is with the baby. Charity's scheming finally pays off when she blackmails Eric into helping her land the council's refuge contract for Tate Haulage.
The storm tightens its grip on the village and Marlon and Tricia's hopes and dreams are snatched away as their world comes crashing down around them.
The cleanup operation gets underway, but the aftermath worsens at the hospital when Tricia flatlines and is declared brain dead - but Marlon refuses to accept she has gone.
Louise is discharged from hospital and thrilled when Ashley allows her to stay with him. Meanwhile, Laurel tries to get over her crush before her friendship with Ashley is ruined. Also, Marlon ignores the doctor's opinion, convinced Tricia will come back to him.
Alan and Steph come to terms with the reality that Tricia's gone - something Marlon refuses to accept. Meanwhile, Zoe upsets Jack and Scott which leaves her without a workforce. Also, Louise and Ashley realise their romantic relationship may be coming to an end.
Scott is still furious towards Zoe and teaches her a lesson by taking Jean without Zoe's knowledge. Meanwhile, Marlon keeps up the fight to bring Tricia back, and Andy feels stifled by Jack's presence on the farm.
Zoe finally realises how her decision about Jean has affected Scott and allows him visiting rights. Meanwhile, Marlon realises it's the machines keeping Tricia alive and comes to terms with reality. Also, Terry is discharged from hospital.
Marlon’s faced with making the biggest decision of his life after doctors advise him on Tricia’s condition. Utterly heartbroken, Marlon stares lovingly at his wife, as her fate lies in his hands.
Marlon is distraught following Tricia’s death, just wanting to be left alone. The Dingles pull together to support their grieving family member, but worry about how Marlon is dealing with his loss.
Lisa and Sam return home to a smug Cain, who has been released following police questioning. However, Sam cries out in horror when he goes to his chicken coup to discover Cain has taken spiteful revenge and slaughtered his beloved chickens.
Lisa is dismayed when Jarvis confirms that Cain’s claims about Sam being responsible for knocking Edna down are true. Lisa and Jarvis are disappointed to find Sam packing his bags to leave. Jarvis makes it plain to Sam where his responsibilities lie.
Having buried his favourite hen, while the others find their way into Lisa’s cooking pot, Sam is downcast and there is bad news in store for him when Matthew sacks him.
Zoe and Scott are concerned about the social worker's visit to assess her suitability to adopt Christopher and Scott suggests that they ask Zoe's solicitor, Rachel to sit in on the meeting.
After finding Zoe and Rachel kissing, Viv is furious and only reluctantly hands Jean back to Zoe before storming off, leaving Zoe to try and get hold of Scott before she does. Bob manages to get Viv to agree to let Zoe and Scott sort things out for themselves for Jean's sake.
Shelley is a bag of nerves as the dinner party with Steph approaches. Alan tells her that Steph may react positively when she hears all about their plans to move to Spain. Shelley is not convinced.