A group of Freedom Riders rolls into town, one of whom ends up staying with Lilly; Nathan takes his driver's license exam.
Slocum decides that he will marry Parkie, but not before he and Nathan make a trip to a brothel. Meanwhile, Lily decides that it's time to ask Forrest for a raise.
Slocum is interiewed by the police and soon turns to Forrest for legal advice. Lily ends up clashing with her older cousin.
Frankie finds out there was a third man involved in Col. Landers' murder. Meanwhile, Slocum's trial begins and Lilly gets an unexpected visit from her ex-husband.
Slocum's trial finally ends; Lilly ends up becoming attracted to porter; Forrest decides to confront the third man involved in the murder of Landers.
Lilly has trouble dealing with the holidays after she is savagely beaten by someone who was against the Freedom Riders. The Bedfords attend a Christmas party at Christina's. Slocum ends up finding some holiday cheer in a very unlikely place.