The boy, now a man, is also wary. Who are these people who suddenly want him to be a part of their lives? Where were they when he was growing up, when he needed to feel a part of something bigger? After meeting each other, everyone's fears dissipate. And though it's not the joyous occasion Ward envisioned, it's not the disaster Kate feared either.
Then Ward passes away unexpectedly. Although Kate is devastated, she's thankful he never knew the truth. Facing the rest of her life alone, she returns to work in the company he founded. She's still coming to grips with life as a single when she learns her son was adopted into the family of Jesse, the boy who turned her away as a pregnant teen. Now, family drama multiplies, and she must deal with her feelings of anger and betrayal while also keeping her son and daughters from learning the truth.