After a visit to Mariel, Russell finds that Tom has taken the children on a vacation without asking permission. Someone is hiding outside of Mariel's house and is discovered by Russell. Larkin is suspicious of Russell's intentions towards Mariel.
After Tom is shot, he is taken to hospital to recover. While there, he starts to drift between the past and the present, meeting Mariel for the first time with Russell, but he is fully aware that he already loves Mariel, causing him some confusion during the experience.
Mariel finds Christine outside the hospital, and Christine forces Mariel to help her with the pregnancy. Mariel tries to contact her husband Tom now that Christine has been found. Also, school starts again, and the students are not all what they seem. Dave finds a boat key and gets Russell to take a trip with him into the lake, expecting to find something in the water, but only to find something much more suspicious...
While Russell and Underlay return to Homestead in an attempt to thwart Szura's plans during the impending hurricane, Mariel, Larkin and the kids are rounded up by the National Guard for their protection. But Mariel and Larkin suspect that their saviors may well be their captors. Meanwhile, Underlay's deputies question Dave as to the whereabouts of the sheriff.