In the final episode of the season, the calving barn burns to the ground and the colony is up in arms trying to figure out who started it. Wesley is afraid it might have had something to do with the crazy barn party he and his cousins had the night before. They can’t do anything to implicate themselves because something like this could keep them from getting baptized. For Lisa and Melvin, their dreams of marriage would be shattered and for Wesley, despite all of his education and knowledge, he still wouldn’t have a vote on the colony.
All Claudia can think about is going to college. When she receives a letter from a local college she now has to face the reality of leaving her family and the only way of life she has ever known. Bertha is very sad and scared for her daughter but loves her and wants to be supportive. Bertha even goes as far as visiting a college with Claudia to see the campus and talk about financial aid. Bertha is beside herself with fear for her daughter and Claudia is overwhelmed facing the most difficult decision of her life— Realizing her dream of college or staying with her family and the only life she has ever known.
Wesley is also contemplating the most important time in his life— baptism. The more he thinks about it, the more he knows that he can’t go into baptism without telling Marvin the truth about the barn fire. Once Wesley tells Marvin that he is most likely the reason the fire started, Marvin lets him know that he has to tell Uncle John. Telling Uncle John could mean that Wesley won’t be allowed to get baptized which means he still won’t have a vote or a say on the colony. Wesley is devastated and scared, but knows he did the right thing.
Will Wesley and the other kids be allowed to get baptized or will Uncle John punish them and refuse to allow it? Will Claudia actually be able to pack up and leave everyone she knows and everyone that loves her for a new future or will she change her mind and stay? With Wesley striving so hard to dedicate his life to the colony and with Claudia deciding that she wants more then the colony can give, things for the Hofers and King Colony will never be the same again.
Tune in to the season finale of Meet the Hutterites: Barnburners, Tuesday, July 31st at 10P et/pt.