Charlotte presents the new evidence to Devin, convinced of what it proves. Though he is not, that does not sway Charlotte’s opinions. She realizes that this story was not about time travel, it was about understanding where we are today: an intersection of data, human capabilities, and technology that has the chance to change the world. As fate has it, Charlotte is granted one final interview with Jack. They have a chance to clear the air and discuss what comes next. Jack’s work isn’t done; he was able to leave a surprise behind for Charlotte, only to be uncovered by her own storytelling.
Armed with evidence of Jack’s adoption, Charlotte drives back up to Michigan to confront Sheriff Audrey Finney. The Sheriff comes clean and explains how she came to find Jack in the woods and the curiosities that arose as she raised him. She explains Jack’s mental instabilities that followed him from youth into adulthood, and hands Charlotte evidence in support of his time travel claims. This conversation changes Charlotte’s perspective and she begins to worry, was she too harsh on Jack when they last spoke? Will she ever see him again?
Charlotte introduces her listeners to famous Charlatan’s from history, insinuating that Jack’s lies slotted him into that category. She confronts Jack in an angry phone call disclosing what Sheriff Finney had explained. When she regains her cool and attempts to reach back out, Jack is nowhere to be found. Not even Matthew knows where or how to reach him. Devin calls Charlotte with new information, and she realizes that Jack may not have been the person who was lying about the past after all. Devin has found adoption records from the 90’s. It seems Sheriff Finney wasn’t Jack’s biological mother.
With her online lead from Grand Marais High School looking positive, Charlotte leaves town and drives 8 hours north to Grand Marais, Michigan. A phone call to the school leads her to the Grand Marais Sheriff Station where she meets Sheriff Audrey Finney, the woman who claims to be Jack’s mother. Later that day, Charlotte gets a tour of the Sheriff’s home where she learns the truth about Jack’s seemingly dark past.
Looking for answers and a levelheaded third party, Charlotte turns to her friend Devin, a famed investigative reporter. He’s willing to support, but he’s also cautious of Charlotte getting involved with someone dangerous. Charlotte heeds these warnings but doesn’t disclose exactly how her relationship with Jack had evolved. She brings her investigation back to the Art Institute, interviewing the museum direction Thurman Wolf and his assistant Matthew. Neither was much help as Charlotte tried to uncover details of how Jack got to where he is, and she turns to internet research for clues.