Joel III Back to Normal
Continuing the story where Joel and Family ended: several months have passed since the family returned from Houston after Joel’s stay in the hospital. Crane's foundation to assist in the adoption process of children in foster care has more applicants than it can help. Several of his social contacts lead to expansion of the foundation allowing them to expand the number of adoptions they can facilitate. Crane’s other business interests force him to relinquish day-to-day control of the charity.
Many children who cross the paths Johnson family are helped by their generosity and friendship. One of them is Ricky, a three year-old whose left leg is missing below the knee. Disaster strikes when one of the boys is abducted on the way home from school. Crane brings all of his abundant resources to bear in the effort to find his son.
Joel’s friendship with a classmate blossoms into a romance, while Crane’s romance is thwarted at every turn.