When John Avery Whittaker returns from a lengthy stay in the Middle East, the entire town of Odyssey turns out for a joyous homecoming celebration complete with fanfare and fireworks. But for Jack, Whit's arrival means an uneasy reunion—and a tough decision about the future. Then, the phrase “fools rush in” takes on new significance for Eugene when he neglects to seek God's direction in his relationship with Katrina.
Meanwhile, it looks like the mission board isn't quite finished with White, and an offer for continued foreign ministry is on the table. Will he choose to stay on at Whit's End, or will following God's plan require another long absence for him?