Prince Paul's wife and child die in childbirth. Catherine forces him to remarry and it produces a boy. Grigory wants to take Crimea and Catherine does not want a war. Their relationship is becoming strained, so she sends him to the Crimea to negotiate the expansion of Russia. She makes Grigory a Prince to the anger of her son and cabinet ministers. She forces them all to resign and sends her son Paul to Austria on a diplomatic tour. She is cleaning house to make way for her lover.