Santa Cruz, California, Christmas 1976. K.C. has made it back to the USA to start her life over and she asks McMurphy to help get her back on her feet financially. K.C. then glimpses a view of her daughter, Karen, now being raised by the crippled Boonie. Inspired by K.C. wanting to start a new life, McMurphy decides to do something with her own. A month later, McMurphy travels to Red Lodge, Montana to join Dodger, now living with his invalid father and Doger's Amerasian son, hoping that his growing ministry for Vietnam Veterans will help her find answers to the problems still haunting her.