As the Master speaks the parable of the man with two sons, we join a drama that unfolds. One son demands his inheritance now, with dreams of the city, investing, and making his fortunes. Good intentions of commerce and business are easily side tracked when an unscrupulous con man offers excitement, parties, and women.

Distractions, and loose spending have found the young man penniless. Abandoned and beaten by his so-called friend, the young man is taken in by a traveler. Too ashamed to go home, the lad goes to work on a hog farm. Fed a pack of lies about being down and out, and facing it as the lot in life that can’t be crawled out of, the young man despairs.

Back on the ranch… the older brother gets a report of two ragged men lurking around. Going to investigate, the father hopes it might be his son returning. If it is, will it be to ask for more money, as Simeon suspects? Of course it is, and of course the father greets him to welcome and restore, but the lad is humble and asks for nothing. Though Simeon is resentful of the attention his brother receives, our attention is turned to that other ragged man on the road. A final word from the Master is then heard.

A young couple are desperate to get to Tiberius, but don’t have money to travel with the caravan. Pooling resources with another poor traveler, a donkey is hired for the pregnant woman to ride, and the men taking shifts at carrying burdens.

The whole matter has been like a chip on the shoulder of Uriah, and his suspicions grow in resentment at the thought of not being able to provide for his wife. Further set backs arise when the food bundle has been stolen. Can they all survive the three day trip on the rations of the stranger? Instead of gratitude, all Urriah has is bitterness, and distrust. Is the old stranger cheating him out of his fair share?

With only one day left in the journey, greed, and paranoia fuels Urriah’s curiosity and doubt. Why can’t he wait as patiently as his wife? Seeing his moment, Urriah swipes the bundle of food. Expecting to stuff himself on tasty morsels, he’s surprised to find what it really contains. How will Urriah ever get over the shame that his incessant suspicious ways have brought him so low? a trip to hear the Master has just the right word.