Johnny and Will get a photo of their biological parents.
The Jennisons hear that Aunt Min is contesting the adoption and travel to Colombia, Tennessee for the court hearing.
Johnny adjusts to life with the Jennisons, starts school, and Johnny and Will get in trouble.
Mr. Webb visits the Jennisons in Alabama and Johnny tells him and his new family about his life in the swamp with Linc.
Johnny settles in to his new life in Alabama with the Jennisons and meets Will’s extended family.
The Jennisons meet Judge King. It looks like Johnny’s adoption won’t be a problem.
The Jennisons—with both twins—travel to Colombia Tennessee to try to arrange Johnny’s adoption with the court there.
When the Jennisons don’t find Linc and Johnny at the plantation, they plan a search with the help of Mrs. Jennison’s pilot brother, Todd
Johnny and Linc plan to meet Mr. Webb and the Jennisons at the plantation but Linc becomes deathly ill.
Mr. Webb calls the Jennisons to tell them Johnny has been found. And the Jennisons travel on the train to Savannah to meet Mr. Webb.
Having been threatened by Bobby Scagg, Linc and Johnny worry about what Scagg will do. Johnny starts to teach Linc to read. Bobby Scagg comes in the night to burn down Linc’s little house. Johnny and Linc plan to contact Mr. Webb, Linc’s employer.
Will kill’s a rattlesnake and, by mistake, scares Jenny May with it. Then he finds his mother, Ali Jennison, crying and learns about a sadness in her past.
After discovering an attempted break in at the Webb plantation, where Linc is the caretaker, Linc and Johnny spend the night at the plantation and have a confrontation with Bobby Scagg.
We meet Will’s extended family and, at a family gathering, hear some family stories.
We see Johnny’s life in the swamp and Linc shows him Lost Lake. Linc has a nightmare about his father being killed and tells Johnny about his past. This brings the two of them closer.
We see Will’s life in the country, meet his best friend, Butch Jenkins and Will and Butch get up to mischief.
Johnny meets Linc’s dog, Hooter, and a huge alligator known as The Garbage Man. Johnny and Linc start their lives together in the Blackwater Swamp.
Will and his father, Frank Jennison, travel to Tennessee in search of Johnny. They meet Aunt Min and Sarah and discover Johnny has run away.
Johnny meets Linc and is taken to his little house deep in the Blackwater Swamp.
We see how Will lives in his home in the country, outside of Birmingham, Alabama.
Sarah gets fired and Johnny hops a freight train to run away. His car is cut out of the train and left by the Blackwater Swamp.
Will finds out he has a twin and he and his parents, the Jennisons, decide to try to find him.