Second Sight

On Top of Ole Smoky

With winter approaching, Christy's walks in the mountains with Fairlight have become even more precious. On this particular outing, Fairlight leads Christy to a spot on top of Bear Ridge where Miss Huddleston gasps at the sight of the beautiful view. When Christy wonders why Fairlight has never brought her here before, Mrs. Spencer tells her that she wasn't ready to see it yet . . .

Shadows and Trees

As Christy and Fairlight wade across a mountain stream, Fairlight warns Christy to watch out for the crawdaddys. After a moment, Christy realizes that her friend is teasing her and gives her a friendly splash of water. Fairlight returns the gesture and the two of them laugh and play like little girls until Fairlight spots a shadow near her feet. She glances up at the trees and suddenly runs out of the stream into the woods. With her hands outstretched, she calls out to an imaginary person, asking them where they are and begging them to return . . .

It's Only a Dream?

The night Fairlight awakens from a nightmare, drenched in sweat. After assuring Jeb that she is all right, Fairlight lays back down in bed still trembling from her dream . . .

Where's the Centrum When You Need Them?

With Tom and Opal anxiously watching, Neil examines their son Toot. After the examination, Neil explains to Christy that the boy is anemic and needs a steady diet of meat and fresh vegetables to fight infections. When Neil points out that these foods that require money in the winter, Christy assures him that there must be a way for Tom to earn extra money. Neil isn't so optimistic and tells Christy that Opal won't survive the loss of another child . . .

A Stone Delivery

Christy feels helpless and frustrated about the McHone's situation and the children, sensing her mood, try to cheer her up. When called upon to provide Mountie with a spelling word, Sam Houston chooses "pretty fine," explaining that the teacher is pretty fine even when she is fretting about something. Ben Pentland interrupts the spelling lesson with a special delivery for Christy. Christy discovers that the delivery is from Nathan Stone in Asheville, the same man who donated the telephone line and books to the school. Ben rummages through his mail and retrieves a letter for Christy, also from Mr. Stone . . .

Cutter Gap Hotel

Over dinner, Christy shows Miss Alice the letter that she received from Nathan Stone. Miss Henderson isn't pleased to learn of Mr. Stone's impending visit and suggests that perhaps they should hang a hotel sign outside the mission. Christy apologizes for inviting the benefactor and assures Alice that he won't come as Mr. Stone is far too elderly to attempt such an arduous journey. Miss Alice tells Christy that they must honor her invitation since Nathan's generosity has benefited the school and the children . . .

Midnight Planting

Later that night, Jeb finds his wife frantically planting beans in the dark. He warns her of an impending frost but she ignores his advice and tells him that trouble is coming and she wants to be prepared. She explains to her husband that she's sensed something is going to happen and whatever it is it's not good . . .

A Junior of A Stone

Christy and the children are readying the schoolhouse in anticipation of Nathan Stone's arrival. A young man claiming to be Mr. Stone arrives in the midst of the sweeping and straightening, surprising David with his youthful appearance. He explains to the group that he is Nathan Stone Junior and that his father has retired leaving him in charge of his various holdings. He retrieves a pig from Ben Pentland which he purchased in El Pano and hands the animal to David. David looks at Ruby and says nothing when she comments that Mr. Stone is the most handsome man that she's ever seen . . .

Not Quite Right

Because Christy invited Mr. Stone to Cutter Gap, the children warmly accept the man as their friend. Mr. Stone sits among the children inside the school and listens with interest as Isaac McHone gives a recitation. During recess for lunch, Vincent McHone returns the sack of sweet potatoes that Christy gave to his mother. Christy accepts the sack and sighs knowing that with the mountain people pride is sometimes stronger than the hunger in their stomach. When Zady enters the schoolhouse, Christy asks the girl if her mother is all right as she failed to make an appearance for her reading lesson. Zady hesitates than tells Christy that her mother has been having spells. After further probing by Christy, Zady confesses that her mother isn't right as a result of the bad dreams that her grandmother used to have . . .

Darkness is Coming

After school, Christy goes to the Spencer cabin to check on Fairlight, who is still planting beans. Christy tells her friend that she missed seeing her at the reading lesson yesterday and mentions her conversation with Zady. Fairlight is upset with her daughter for mentioning her dreams to Christy but Christy urges her friend to confide in her. Fairlight tells Christy that for as long as she can remember she's always know things were going to happen before they actually occurred and uses her sister's marriage to Tom and her own arrival in Cutter Gap as examples. She explains that most of the events that she foresees are good but this time she sees darkness, crying in the trees and dead fish. Christy tries to reassure Fairlight by telling her that dreams don't always come true but Fairlight is unconvinced and tells Christy that it's time for her to leave because the darkness is coming . . .

Dr. Drunk

Cutter Gap celebrates the arrival of Nathan Stone with singing, dancing, and lots of food. As Christy retrieves a couple of pies from Opal, Ms. McHone thanks Christy for her offer of the sweet potatoes but explains that sometimes her husband's pride is as big as the night. Christy introduces Tom to Nathan and asks about little Toot's health. Tom assures Christy that the little boy, who is riding on his back, is doing much better. After the McHone's leave, Nathan remarks how being in Cutter Gap is like journeying back in time a hundred years. As Christy introduces Mr. Stone to the Spencers, Fairlight stares at the man with a frightened look. Jeb, who is unaware of his wife's reaction, warmly shakes hands with the man and proceeds to show Mr. Stone what real music sounds like. While Christy and Nathan are dancing to the music, Neil arrives and stumbles off of his horse with a bottle of liquor in his hand. In front of Alice, Ben and Daniel, Neil takes a swig of liquor and asks about Christy's dancing partner. Ben laughs at Neil's rather intoxicated state and Daniel remarks that Neil has been rather testy lately. Mr. Pentland agrees with Daniel's assessment of Neil's mood and notes that it must have something to do with the letter that he received a couple of days ago. The loose-lipped letter carrier realizes that he made a slip when Alice gives him a questioning look. Neil charges over to Christy and Nathan and tries to cut in for a dance. Christy refuses but Neil persists and is angered when Nathan tries to prevent him from dancing with Christy. Christy attempts to dissuade Neil from fighting with Nathan and asks the doctor what she has done to anger him. Neil explains that his mood has nothing to do with her and turns to face his sparring partner only to be knocked out by a punch from David. David apologizes to the unconscious man saying that it was for his own good . . .

A letter of Conflict

Inside David's bunk house, Daniel applies a salve to Neil's blackened eye. David apologizes to Alice for hitting the doctor as he knows how she feels about violence. When Neil comes around Daniel tells the doctor that David did him a favor by knocking him out. Alice asks Daniel to get some fresh water and when they are alone, she berates Neil for not telling her about Margaret's letter. Neil explains that his "wife" wrote to him asking for money and told him not to say anything to anyone about the correspondence. When Alice asks the doctor where her daughter is and if she's ill, Neil has no answer. Alice demands to see the letter but Neil refuses to give it to her saying that the letter was addressed to him. When Alice points out that Margaret is her daughter Neil tells her that perhaps it wasn't him who drove her away in the first place . . .

A Blessing or a Bad Omen?

That night, outside on the mission porch, Christy tries to apologize to Nathan for Neil's behavior. When Christy mentions how generous Nathan has been with his donations to Cutter Gap, he tells Christy that giving things is easy. He admires her for giving so much of herself and her time for those things cannot be bought at any price. When she expresses a desire to do more for the people in Cutter Gap, Nathan tells her that perhaps there is more that he can do. He admits to Christy that he hasn't been totally honest with her about the purpose of his visit to Cutter Gap and tells her about his father's holdings in a lumber mill. He points out that Bear Ridge would be a perfect location for a mill with its proximity to El Pano and admits that he made the Timmons and McHone's an offer to buy their land. Nathan explains to Christy how his company would move the families to Asheville and provide them with jobs at the mill there. Accepting his offer would provide the families with enough money to buy medicine and clothing for their children and give them the opportunity to attend a good school. When Neil appears, Christy eagerly mentions Nathan's offer to the Timmons and McHones and points out how it will give the families a good start. Neil is not enthusiastic and congratulates Christy on having finally gotten what she came to Cutter Gap for . . .

A Remarkable Ability

While pumping water with Miss Alice, Ruby Mae informs her of her desire for Mr. Stone to purchase her father's land. She would love nothing better than to live in the city where everyone has an automobile and has fun showing them off after church on Sundays. Daniel arrives for breakfast with Miss Alice and hands her Margaret's letter which Neil has instructed her to do with whatever she wants. The sight of the letter prompts Ruby Mae to mention Fairlight's ability to see trouble but Daniel shoos the inquisitive girl away to do chores before she can elaborate. When Fairlight settles down on the mission steps to peel potatoes, Alice tentatively mentions the rumors about her second sight and the references to such ability in the Bible. Fairlight acknowledges that the gossip about her spells is true which Alice tells her are "remarkable" . . .

You Can't Stop Progress But You Don't Have to Help It

While shaving, Neil catches a glimpse of his black eye in the mirror and winces. Christy arrives and demands an explanation for last night's accusation. When he sarcastically points out that the McHones will have plenty of money and a better life if they accept Nathan's offer, Christy asks the doctor why he is so angry when the man has done nothing but help. Neil points out that being thrown off of one's land, given a job that pays next to nothing and being stacked together in a rundown dormitory in the city isn't what he would call being helped. The land and each other are all that the families have and Neil wonders what will happen to the Timmons and McHones when the job is gone. Neil cuts himself with a razor when Christy remarks that men like Mr. Stone are helping to build hope. When she goes to get a towel to stop the bleeding, Christy discovers a jug of moonshine. Neil roughly takes the liquor from Christy's hands and tells her that he purchases the moonshine so that families can have cash money. He smashes the jug and wonders what Tom has to buy now that Christy stopped the sale of the moonshine. Christy points out that the McHones have trees to sell and that progress can't be stopped. Neil warns her that Mr. Stone and others like him will destroy the cove . . .

May I Trouble You for A Reading?

Alice tentatively approaches Fairlight in the mission and asks her for a favor. She retrieves the letter from her apron pocket and tells her that Margaret is ill and asks Fairlight for her help. She suggests that if Mrs. Spencer touches the letter for a moment then perhaps Alice might learn of her daughter's whereabouts. Fairlight backs away and tells Alice that it doesn't work that way. Alice apologizes for her request but Fairlight bolts from the room and runs into the woods. As she runs through the forest, she stares up and the trees and covers her ears with her hands . . .

It's Cool to Live in A City?

After tossing and turning all night thinking about the doctor's words, Christy decides to come to school early to get a head start on the lessons. Although it would be good for the people of Cutter Gap to leave the mountain, perhaps Neil was right in that Christy was getting what she wanted for them. When Vincent and Isaac arrive, Christy asks them about their brother's health. According to their father, moving to the city will be good for their little brother but they are unenthusiastic about the move. Christy assures them that city life has much to offer but Isaac wonders why Christy came to Cutter Gap if the city was so great. Before she can respond, Zady comes to the door of the schoolhouse and breathlessly and announces that her mother has gone crazy . . .

A Mother Gone Mad

Christy and Zady arrive at the Spencer cabin and discover Fairlight in the midst of a shoe-burning. Fairlight wrestles a pair of shoes from Lulu's feet and tosses them into the fire to prevent "them" from taking her baby. When she turns her attention to Zady, Christy grabs Mrs. Spencer and tries to prevent her from confiscating the young girl's shoes. Fairlight sobs and tells Christy that in her latest dream, she couldn't stop the trees from crying nor the darkness from taking her children. Christy promises her friend that everything will be all right as her children huddle around her . . .

Out of Options

Christy hurries down to the lake where Tom and Opal are listening to Nathan Stone's offer to buy their land. Christy urges the couple not to go through with the deal and tells Nathan that it would be wrong to take their land. Mr. Stone assures Christy that he isn't taking anything for he is offering the McHone's more money than they will ever see in a lifetime. When Christy insists that Tom and Opal belong in the cove, Nathan points out that Christy must want more for the couple than what they have or she wouldn't have come to Cutter Gap to teach. Christy looks at Tom and assures him that he can find a way to provide for his family in Cutter Gap but Tom has run out of options. Mr. Stone calls Christy a hypocrite, pointing out that it was nice for Christy to receive the gifts of paper and books as long as she didn't have to worry about where they came from. Christy ignores his words and implores Tom one last time not to sell his land. Tom and Opal refuse to listen to reason and ask Christy to leave so they can hear what Mr. Stone has to offer . . .

Reassuring Words

Christy expresses her concern to David about the fate of the mountain people. She wonders if they'd be better off if the world just left them alone but David points out that the future is coming, like it or not. Fairlight interrupts their conversation and asks to speak to David alone. She tells him that she's been seeing bad things and wonders if it could be the work of the devil. David assures Mrs. Spencer that God cherishes her good and gentle spirit and wouldn't let the devil anywhere near her heart . . .

I Got Troubles of My Own

Alice quickly hides the still unopened letter from Margaret when Christy appears on the mission porch. She pours out her worries and concerns about the logging situation to Miss Alice, unaware her friend has troubles of her own. When Christy mentions that Neil blames her for the predicament, Miss Alice bursts into tears. Christy assumes correctly that Alice has heard from Margaret and asks her friend how her daughter is doing. Miss Alice hugs Christy but cannot answer her question . . .

Back To Normal

The next morning, Fairlight is back to her old self as she teases her husband after giving him a batch of her homemade biscuits. Jeb is pleased to see that David's words seem to have freed his wife of her bad dreams but Fairlight admits that she still has her worries. Sitting next to her husband, she admires their land and gives thanks for their good fortune. Jeb admits that the work is too much for one man to handle and tells his wife that he'd like to take on a partner in order to get the hives ready for spring. Fairlight smiles and tells her husband that she has just the person in mind . . .

Healing of the Heart

Neil opens the door to his cabin and discovers his former mother-in-law on the doorstep. Reluctantly he lets her inside and she pretends to ask about his black eye. When Neil sees through her act and Alice hands him the unopened letter and tells him that not reading it was the hardest thing that she's ever done. Alice confesses that the letter almost caused her to discard her faith and trust a mountain superstition and admits that her daughter always had that effect upon her. Neil is surprised when she asks him for help for while he always respected her medical ability he never saw her as a friend. Alice takes responsibility for their strained relationship for she was upset when Neil took Margaret away from her and then seemed to forget her when Christy entered the picture. She asks Neil how he managed to let go of Margaret so easily but the doctor admits that he hasn't let go as much as Alice might have believed he has. He admits that he was tempted to send his "wife" money as the thought of her lying sick in a poor house was almost too much to bear. Neil tells Alice that although he always thought of himself as a healer, there are some things that a person just can't make better. They may not be able to help Margaret but perhaps they can help each other . . .

A New BEEginning

Tom and Opal meet with Nathan by the lake and inform him that they've decided to accept his offer. Christy begs them not to sign the papers but Opal tells her that they have to trust the Lord. Christy reminds them that they also must trust in themselves and their friends but Tom points out that this is the only way that their little boy will get better. Nathan invites the couple to follow him inside the mission to complete their transaction. Before they can leave, Fairlight and Jeb arrive and invite Tom to become a partner in their honey business. Tom hesitates and admits that he knows nothing about bees. When Opal reminds her husband that he knows nothing about the city either, he agrees to give it a try. Christy smiles as the two men shake hands on their deal . . .

Goodbye and Good Riddance

The mood is somber around the breakfast table at the mission. As Ruby Mae carries in a basket of biscuits she jokingly wonders if someone died in the next room. Unable to eat in the presence of Mr. Stone, Christy excuses herself and goes outside. Nathan follows and announces that he is leaving for Asheville later that day. When his announcement is met with silence, he tells Christy that the McHones were fools not to sell their land to him but their neighbors, the Timmons, had better sense. After Nathan informs Miss Huddleston that his men will arrive next week to start logging, she wonders if he ever really cared about