At a forensics expert's office in San Pueblo, Nick and Adam instructed the expert to disregard the report indicating that Sharon had committed suicide. Nick was livid when Diane showed up uninvited to help him and Adam search for Sharon. Nick accused Diane of going after another man with a fat wallet, but Adam defended Diane and reminded Nick that his focus should remain on Sharon.
The forensics expert explained that his crew was retrieving Sharon's vehicle and another vehicle. The expert invited Nick and Adam to accompany him to the accident site, but Adam explained that having been there once was all he could handle. Diane seemed sympathetic to Adam's feelings. The man pointed to a place on a map, so Nick would know where to meet. Nick told Adam he planned to head home after visiting the site. Adam offered to stay in San Pueblo to answer the investigator's questions. Diane wished Nick a safe flight.
After Nick left, Diane approached Adam and offered to book a couple of motel rooms. Diane told Adam that she hadn't realized how much in love he'd been with Sharon. Diane offered condolences for Adam's loss. Adam told Diane that he appreciated her efforts and suggested they visit the town's festival, so he could clear his mind. Diane agreed to accompany Adam, but he suddenly changed his mind and echoed Nick's sentiment that there was no place for her there.
Diane ended up in the seat next to Nick's on a plane. Nick was miffed. Diane told Nick that she thought he'd planned to visit the accident site. Nick coolly explained that he had. Diane told Nick that he could either enjoy her company or completely ignore her.
At Sam's ranch, Sharon tried to back out of attending the festival with Sam and Piper. Sam reminded "Sheri" that she'd be letting herself down because she'd just begun to live her life again instead of merely hiding out. Later, at the fair, Sharon learned that the townspeople loved and respected Sam. Piper told Sharon that Sam had once rendered care to a friend's horse free of charge because the young owner's father could not afford to pay. Sharon seemed charmed and smiled at Sam.
After enjoying a picnic lunch, Sam told Piper that it was time to head to the barn for the best-in-show livestock competition. "Sheri" reminded Piper that no matter what, Fanny was the best lamb in all of San Pueblo. After Fanny won a blue ribbon, "Sheri" told Piper that she could celebrate by buying a large cone of cotton candy. While Sam and Piper were at the concession stand, Sharon spotted Adam at a balloon stand.
While Paul and Heather dined together at Gloworm, Paul learned that his daughter was heading to New York to work out the details of Newman Enterprises' IPO. Paul wondered aloud if Heather was making a quick exit to avoid Chance. Heather said she believed she was mostly to blame for Chance's sudden decision to return to combat duty in Iraq.
Poolside at the Chancellor estate, family and friends celebrated Memorial Day with Chance, but they were saddened knowing that he would soon leave for Iraq. Nina became upset and rushed out to take a walk.
In the sitting room, Chloe snapped a photo of Delia with Chance, and he asked for a copy of the photo. Chloe prompted Chance to promise Delia that he would return from Iraq, but he cleverly avoided uttering a response. Chance later promised Chloe that he would return and explained that his safety during a tour in Iraq was uncertain. Chloe asked Chance if his affair with Heather had influenced his decision to return to active duty. Chance insisted that he was returning to active service because it was his duty to serve. Chloe hugged Chance and told him she was thankful that they were good friends.
Chance later met privately with Phillip and told him that Nina was angry with Heather and Paul. Chance apologized for the turmoil his decision had caused. Nina returned from her walk, and Phillip left the room. Through tears, Nina told Chance that his training and experience, combined with three previous tours of duty, had equipped him to handle himself. Chance said he was thankful to have a mother like Nina.
Outside on the patio, Katherine told Murphy that she recalled having had a crush on a young man when she was a teenaged girl. Katherine explained that the man's mother placed in the window of her home, a banner bearing a blue star to signify that her son was serving in the armed forces. One day, Katherine noted, the banner with the blue star had been replaced with a gold one after her friend, Tony, lost his life serving his country. Seeing the star banner Nina had placed on a table had sparked the memory, Katherine said. Murphy promised to pray every day for Chance's safety.
Katherine rebuffed Colin when he offered to serve her a plate of food. Chloe advised Colin to be patient. Jill approached Chloe and blasted her for filing for custody of Delia. After Jill walked away, Chloe and Colin acknowledged that they were outsiders fighting for acceptance.
Chance asked Jill to keep an eye on Nina while he was in Iraq. After Chance walked away, Phillip approached Jill and drew her attention to the arrival of two uninvited guests. Nina raced toward the entryway when she spotted Paul and Heather. Nina told Heather to leave, but Chance explained that he'd invited Heather. Paul begged Nina to let Chance and Heather talk privately.
Nina told Paul that she blamed Heather for Chance's decision to leave. Later, Katherine assured Paul that Nina would calm down in time. Paul agreed that he and Nina would eventually work things out. Paul offered to postpone the search for Tucker's son, but Katherine insisted that Paul have access to Tucker's private files, so he could conduct the search in earnest.
In the sitting room, Heather told Chance that Nina had a right to be angry. Heather explained that she would be in New York for a while. Chance assured Heather that she was not responsible for his decision to return to active duty. Heather embraced Chance and ordered him to dodge bullets.
Heather spoke privately with Chloe in the sitting room. Heather explained that she'd be out of town and had passed the custody case to another attorney. Chloe berated Heather for enticing people to rely on her before dumping them, just as she'd done to Chance. Heather acknowledged that Chloe was having a tough day. Paul entered the room and told Heather that it was time for them to leave. Paul and Heather later parted ways at the coffeehouse, and Heather promised to return as quickly as possible.
Jill cheered Nina by reminiscing about their past squabbles. Nina and Jill shared kind words before Nina stepped away to remind Chance that it was time for him to leave. Chance went to gather his gear. Chloe stepped outside and suggested that no one shed a tear. Chance returned dressed in fatigues. Friends and family each offered best wishes to Chance. Chloe kissed him on the lips. Chance stood behind Chloe while Murphy affixed a banner with a blue star beneath the American flag and raised both to the top of a pole.