Mitchell, a geologist, has been taken over by the personality of Fountain Gibbs, a slave from 1858. Mitchell’s been institutionalized; when Laura and J.J. come to interview him to determine if this might be a case of channeling or reincarnation, Fountain/Mitchell takes Laura hostage and escapes. But Mitchell’s personality isn’t gone – rather, Fountain must constantly suppress it in order to stay in control of Mitchell’s body. Though Fountain is certain that if he returns to 1858 he’ll die, Laura convinces Fountain that being a slavemaster (by suppressing Mitchell) is as bad as being a slave. Fountain returns to 1858 – but manages to reach a free state and survive.