Three days since leaving Christian, Anastasia “Ana” Steele has begun her job as private assistant to Jack Hyde, an editor at Seattle Impartial Publishing (SIP). He regularly asks Ana out, making her uneasy, however writes it off. Christian emails her to see if she wants a experience to her good friend José Rodriguez’s gallery exhibit in Portland, which she had forgotten about till Christian emailed her. The pair attend the present collectively and later kiss in an alley. They’ve dinner in a restaurant and Christian reveals he desires her again. He later proposes that they resume their relationship however underneath Ana’s situations of no guidelines and no punishments. She agrees. Christian reveals to Ana that he has purchased SIP, however the deal should keep secret for one more month. Ana is livid that Christian is interfering in her profession, particularly after he freezes the corporate’s accounts stopping her from occurring an in a single day enterprise journey to New York with Jack. Christian insists it was for her personal safety, as a result of Jack is a “identified philanderer”, as he apparently harassed his final 5 assistants. These suspicions show appropriate when Jack corners Ana after hours and blackmails her, demanding sexual favors. Ana’s self-defense coaching permits her to flee. Christian has Jack fired and confiscates his work pc. Whereas attending a masquerade ball at Dr. and Mr. Gray’s residence, Ana meets Elena Lincoln (whom Ana nicknames Mrs. Robinson) for the primary time and discovers that Elena and Christian personal a salon enterprise collectively. Later, Ana is auctioned off and Christian bids $100,000 for the primary dance together with her. Ana is disgusted that Christian continues to be mates with the lady who seduced him when he was solely 15 years previous and launched him to the BDSM life-style. When Elena realizes that Christian sees Ana as a girlfriend and never a submissive, she turns into antagonistic in the direction of Ana, making an attempt to sow discord within the budding relationship. Ana is stalked at work by a disturbed Leila Williams, considered one of Christian’s former submissives. Ana’s worry intensifies when she discovers that Leila has a gun. It’s revealed Leila’s obsession started after her lover died in a automobile crash 4 months earlier than, resulting in a psychological breakdown. Leila breaks into Ana’s residence and threatens her at gunpoint. Christian defuses the scenario by using their dominant/submissive dynamic, however this leaves Ana nervous that Christian can’t be glad with a vanilla relationship. Ana confronts Christian about Leila. Fearing she is leaving him once more, he impulsively proposes, however Ana wants time to contemplate it. José drives to Seattle to go to Ana. Christian nonetheless views José as a romantic rival, and solely permits Ana to see him in the event that they each keep at Escala. Ana turns into nervous on the evening earlier than Christian’s 28th birthday when he goes lacking whereas flying from Portland to Seattle in his helicopter with Ros Bailey. Nonetheless, he finally makes it again to Escala safely, and explains that each helicopter’s engines failed; sabotage is suspected. Ana realizes she by no means desires to be with out him and accepts his marriage proposal. The subsequent day, the Gray household throws Christian a big celebration at their mansion. Kate worries about Ana after discovering an electronic mail between Ana and Christian, discussing the BDSM Contract. Ana assures Kate that her relationship with Christian is a vanilla one. After Christian and Ana announce their engagement, Elena angrily confronts Ana, accusing her of being a “gold-digger”, and claims a vanilla relationship won’t ever fulfill Christian. Grace Gray, Christian’s adoptive mom, overhears the argument and is livid that Elena preyed on her teenage son. Elena leaves in shame and Christian decides to finish their enterprise relationship. Christian takes Ana to the boathouse, which is embellished with flowers and gentle lights. He proposes correctly with a hoop and Ana accepts. Outdoors the Gray’s mansion, Jack Hyde is secretly watching the occasion; he reveals that he sabotaged Christian’s helicopter and swears revenge.