September 19, 1997
An Unidentified Flying Object is spotted on US radar,
moving at a high rate of speed. Fighter jets are sent
to intercept. Visual contact is made. Colonel James Vise, of
the National Security Agency is informed of the "Silent Runner", which
has invaded US airspace. The UFO is successfully shot down, and it crashes
in the Utah forest. NSA soldiers arrive, to quarantine the area.
The occupant of the space ship lives through the crash, but he is wounded.
He leaves a bloody handprint on a nearby tree, while escaping from the
NSA soldiers, who are in hot pursuit. The Special Agents Douglas
Wilcox, Nicholas LaRue, and Craig Van Patten, of the FBI arrive, at the
scene. Wilcox argues jurisdiction with Vise. Vise offers to
show him the craft, but his sergeant informs him that there is nothing
left of it! The space craft had "spontaneously" disintegrated, leaving
nothing for the forensic examiners to collect, except for the prints on the tree.
The Visitor crosses a highway that night,
where he is hit by a pickup truck. The occupants get out to look
for him, but he is nowhere to be found. They get back in and drive
home, not knowing that The Visitor is riding in the back. Later that
evening, Nadine sees a TV news story on a "highjacker" on the loose, then
she hears a noise outside. Nadine find a wounded stranger lying in
her greenhouse. "I'm not dangerous I wouldn't hurt anybody", he assures her.
He convinces her to help him. Nadine helps him heal his
chest wound with parts of the plants in her greenhouse. She is amazed
that the deep gash had already closed, when she examined it. She
and her son protect him from discovery by the police.
The FBI ran the prints through their database,
and found that they belonged to one "Adam MacArthur", a Navy Pilot who
disappeared, while flying over the Bermuda Triangle, on Independence Day,
1947. Then they discovered that MacArthur's file had become classified
by the NSA, and they did not have access to it. They put Mother to
work on the problem.
The next morning, The Visitor talks with
the son, Tyler, encouraging him to believe in himself. Adam
gives examples, like yogis, who can stop their hearts at will, then tells him, "if you open yourself up to the idea that you can, instead of can't,
you'll amaze yourself. I promise." Then he reads a computer manual
that Tyler has, then uses Tyler's computer to successfully break into the
Pentagon's computers. He downloads files on few hundred people.
The NSA discovers the breach. Vise is told,
"he's going through the civilian files, even the one's were not supposed
to have." They were able to trace the break-in to somewhere in the
vicinity of the crash.
Nadine finds The Visitor back in the greenhouse,
where he has brought the place "back to life". Meanwhile, Tyler puts
on Adam MacArthur's Navy flight jacket. Tyler goes into town, with
the jacket on, where he is spotted by Agent Wilcox. The FBI and NSA
descend on Nadine's property. Vise is determined to shoot the suspect
on sight, but the FBI protects Adam's rights. Adam sees no way out.
So he, not unlike the yogis, reopens his chest wound, so he will die.
He runs from the greenhouse. Wilcox prevents Colonel Vise from shooting
Adam, as he runs from the greenhouse. Adam jumps the fence, but then
he collapses in the snow.
Adam is taken to the hospital, where he
dies, even after lifesaving measures are taken. After he is put in
a body-bag, and everyone leaves the room, Nadine comes in, to witness a
glow emanating from the bag. She unzips it, to find a living Adam
MacArthur. He asks for her help, again. She smuggles him out
of the hospital, then she and Tyler return to their truck. Tyler
is blaming himself for Adam's death. Nadine assures him that all
is well, then looks behind her. So does Tyler. They see Adam
looking back and smiling at them, dressed in hospital gear. Then
he turns and walks away, down the road.