Phillip is meeting up with his parents after being rescued from the cay he was trapped on for several months. They are in a hospital in New York and Phillip is completely blind. His parents are happy to see him but are also worried about his health.
After a while in the hospital, the doctor tells Phillip of a series of 3 operations that could fix his eyesight but also includes many risks. The operation also did not work a number of times. Phillip is forced to make a hard choice.
After much time thinking about the operation, Phillip comes to a decision. Even though there were many risks, and only a few people actually regained their sight, he decided to do the operation.
After Phillip decodes to do the operation, it commences. The 3 separate operations are completed, cutting a hole in his skull and fixing something inside him.
After the operation is completed, Phillips spirit is low, since he cannot see. The doctors say it sometimes takes weeks, but Phillips hopes are low. One day he sees trees, but it turns out it is just an illusion. Phillip is dissapointed.
Finally, after weeks, the operation works, and Phillips vision is restored. After he leaves the hospital, he even gets to do what he wanted in the first place. He goes to the cay he was stranded on. He even visits Timothyś grave.