Forrest's affair with Christina is causing friction and he realizes he may have to end it just as he is preparing to take the job of U.S. Attorney. Cool Papa returns one last time for Lily but ends up going to New York without her.
Forrest tells Christina that Gwen is coming home from hospital. Francie asks Forrest if she can throw a party and invite boys from her class. Next day at school Donnie Shackleford tells her that he didn't go to her party because he didn't want to be matched up with her friend Miranda and that he likes her instead. Meanwhile, the FBI question Lily about Forrest as he prepares to become US Attorney and a black army officer, Colonel Landers, is shot dead whilst traveling in his car by three trouble-making white men.
Parkie tells Slocum she might be pregnant. The main suspects in the murder of black army officer, Colonel Landers, are released - to no-one's surprise. Lily doesn't take it well when Gwen returns home. Later, Gwen is knocked down by a speeding car leaving her family grieving.
Parker tells Slocum's parents that she's pregnant and Slocum's not pleased. His girlfriend Cookie tells him to deal with it and stop embarrassing her. Lewis takes Adlaine to a Shriners meeting without Lily's consent. Meanwhile, after Gwen's funeral Forrest allows Lake Stevens to console the children and the love affair between Forrest and Christina looks like being renewed.
Nathan takes his driver's license exam. Lily questions the motives of Mimi, a civil rights protester, touring the area in a "Freedom Bus". Meanwhile, Forrest visits Washington, D.C., where he meets up with Christina.
Forrest hires young white convict Francis to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Slocum decides to marry Parkie but not before he and Nathan make a visit to a whorehouse. Whilst there Nathan meets a different kind of girl. Later Slocum is arrested for rape. Meanwhile, Lilly asks Forrest for a raise and is upset by his response.
The police interrogate Paul Slocum about Parkie's alleged rape. He turns to Forrest for legal advice. Lilly throws a birthday party for Lewis that turns into a political debate when his nephew Oscar clashes with her and Christina is pressured by her mother Beth to date other men.
Lily's ex husband Walter Harper comes back to town with his fiancée Rose in tow. Francis' undercover mission into the Ku Klux clan yields information on the 3 murderers of Colonel Landers but puts Francis in extreme danger. Meanwhile, Christina struggles to defend Paul against his rape charge.
Christina invites Forrest and his children to her Christmas party. Lilly finds the holidays difficult to bear after she is brutally beaten by a freedom-bus protester and Paul Slocum finds Christmas cheer in an unlikely place - Coach Zollicofer Weed's circle of friends.
Forrest finally gets his grand jury indictment against the murders of Colonel Landers with the testimony of shopkeeper Curtis Barnett. Meanwhile, Forrest and Christina go away for the weekend but it doesn't work out too well and Lily protests outside a racist shopkeepers store.