1984: Andrew Preston agreed to tag along
with his mother to Pine Valley. She was determined to win back her now
rich ex-husband, Ross Chandler. At Cortlandt Manor, Andrew befriended
Ross’ father, Palmer Cortlandt. Palmer invited he and Cynthia to
Andrew settled into his new life at Cortlandt Manor. He genuinely appreciated
Palmer’s hospitality, but his first loyalty was always to his mother.
Cynthia was determined to become the newest Mrs. Palmer Cortlandt. Cynthia
knew her only obstacle was Palmer’s ex-wife Daisy Cortlandt. Andrew
ran interference as Cynthia seduced Palmer.
Cynthia and Palmer’s marriage was short lived. As Cynthia planned
to embark on her new life, Andrew pleaded to stay in Pine Valley. Palmer
had grown found of Andrew himself, and offered to adopt him.
1986: Andrew felt threatened by Palmer’s relationship
with Ross. Andrew knew he could not contend with Palmer’s biological
son. During the big foxhunt at the Wallingford Estate, Andrew loosened
the saddle on Ross’s horse hoping to embarrass him in front of everyone.
Only, Ross and Alex Hunter switched mounts at the last minute. Alex fell
off the horse and suffered a fatal heart attack. In spite of Palmer’s
best efforts, Andrew went to prison for involuntary manslaughter.