Johnny continues to assist the skeptical Sheriff Walt Bannerman (Sarah's husband) with his investigation into the mysterious killings. Johnny soon realizes that in saving a potential victim, a new victim has taken the previous victim's place. In discovering that the killer may be closer than anyone thinks, Johnny is torn between wanting Sarah to be in his life again, and not meddling in her marriage and her relationship with her son, who is Johnny's biological son as well.
After returning to his old high school teaching job, Johnny begins to trust his powers after they allow him to save a high school all-star athlete from a possibly fatal heart condition. But with each vision, it makes Johnny physically weaker since the visions take a drain on his life energy.
While searching for a runaway teenage girl, Johnny is accidentally exposed to a hallucinogenic drug following a drug lab explosion, and he must contend with being high which hinders his visions, and trying to rescue her from a brutal thug.
Despite a terrifying vision, Johnny tries to help a tiny, superstitious town in Massachusettets where fear and paranoia has gripped the community following a little girl's disappearance, where he and and Bruce soon become suspects.
Johnny's relationship with reporter Dana Bright heats up when he invites over at his house for dinner for the evening so she can get an up-close and personal interview with him, and his sexual hormones put a damper on their impending intimacy forcing him to see his friends 'talk' to him, about their distaste for the ambitious but cynical woman. Johnny also has a vision of one of Dana's abusive boyfriends stalking her and coming to realize that her life may be in danger.
A vision of a devastating meteor striking a remote mountainside leads Johnny into the woods, where he injures himself. He seeks shelter for the night in a mountain cave, where a ghostly apparition of a Native American medicine man appears to him. Johnny is led into a dreamscape to unlock the mysteries of the shaman, who also had the so-called gift of the 'Dead Zone'--seeing into someone's future by a mere touch.
A vision leads Johnny to save rowdy teens from a house fire and escalates the media circus over his psychic abilities, and Johnny confines himself to his house. Reverend Purdy pays Johnny a visit and persuades the troubled psychic that it is his destiny to help people with his visions and that he should not run and hide. Sarah becomes more uncomfortable and slightly jealous over Johnny's blossoming romance with Dana Bright, leading her to question her feelings towards him. Meanwhile, Greg Stillson, an ambitious and unscrupulous politician, arrives in town as part of ...