The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry and Lucille Langston, who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Lucille is overjoyed at the seeming miracle of her son's reappearance. Henry is reluctant to accept that Jacob is back. Those closest to the family want answers, including Sheriff Fred Langston, whose wife Barbara drowned 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob, and Fred's daughter, Maggie, a local doctor. Pastor Tom Hale seeks a spiritual reason for what's happening in his community. When things take an even more shocking turn, Maggie's life-long friend, Elaine Richards, finds herself drawn into Arcadia's growing mystery. Bellamy, an outsider in the town, joins forces with Maggie to figure out why the unexplainable is happening in Arcadia. As their investigation plays out, Maggie learns some unsettling truths about her own past. Will they be able to solve the mystery of Arcadia before the rest of the world catches on to events there? And will they be able to protect Jacob from forces beyond their control?
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Love in Return 02x13
Preacher James and his congregation of Returned all descend upon the Langston house to stop Rachael's baby from being born. Trapped inside, Bellamy, Henry and Fred arm themselves for a fight and are determined to protect their own and save this baby. But looming over all of them is the same question - are any of them really ready to face the implications of what this might bring?
Steal Away 02x12
After a series of inexplicable events, Bellamy fears for the safety of Rachael and her unborn child. Preacher James predicts that the baby's birth will unleash an ancient evil. Margaret rallies the Returned at the government facility and forms an uneasy alliance with Preacher James, and Bellamy's government contact warns that something big is on the horizon.
True Believer 02x11
The return of Preacher James brings an ominous new energy to the town, especially for Bellamy who seems to have a strange and unnerving connection to him. Now a detainee at the government facility, Margaret keeps to herself but her reputation precedes her and the other returned definitely take notice. Then the unthinkable happens to Henry which shakes everybody's faith to their core.
As a violent storm hits Arcadia, knocking out all the power, Jacob goes missing - along with Margaret, and The Langstons and Bellamy struggle to find them. Meanwhile, the tempest signals the arrival of another visitor - a stranger with a mysterious link to Bellamy.
Arcadians mourn the loss of a beloved member of the community. The stem cells from Rachael's baby do provide the cure for the virus, but when Rachael suddenly goes missing, Bellamy and Maggie turn to an unexpected source for help. Henry learns the truth about Margaret and his family's role in the factory fire.
Pastor Tom's new church is becoming a refuge for the Returned as fear and anti-Returned rhetoric intensifies. Bellamy and Sheriff Fred are determined to track down the True Living members and stop them from causing any more harm, and Maggie is on the cusp of finding a cure for the virus until the unimaginable happens - a frightening kidnapping and a horrible hate crime brings everything to a grinding halt.
Rachael refuses treatment for the virus, fearing for her unborn child. The anti-Returned hate group True Living grows in numbers, including Deputy Carl. Elaine's brother Ray contracts the virus, despite the fact that he's living and not Returned. Brian Addison shows more than a passing interest in Margaret.
Bellamy, now desperately ill himself, turns to an unexpected source, his shadowy government contact for help and ends up with a shocking revelation about his past. And after another returned disappears into thin air like Caleb Richards, the living look for answers. A newcomer to Arcadia makes Henry a tantalizing offer.
Barbara makes strides in mending her relationship with Fred and Maggie, which only incites Margaret to step up her tactics to stop this. Bellamy's situation grows more precarious as he struggles to keep his secret from Maggie, while dealing with a strange illness that is spreading amongst the returned leading Bellamy to make some desperate measures.
Old Scars 02x04
Margaret convinces Lucille to host a dinner to celebrate Jacob's return, but unexpected guests strain relations in the Langston family to the breaking point. Meanwhile, Bellamy continues to research the history of the mysterious bones, and Rachael receives unsettling news about her baby.