After triggering an explosion on the Kent farm by trying to destroy his spaceship, resulting in Martha suffering a miscarriage, guilt-wracked Clark dons a mind-altering red Kryptonite ring and hides in Metropolis. He embarks on a one-man crime spree, capturing the attention of underworld boss Morgan Edge (RUTGER HAUER), who persuades Clark to plan a major score: robbing LuthorCorp. Grief-stricken and unable to pay the bills, having devoted their resources to searching for Clark, Martha and Jonathan have lost their farm to Lionel. LuthorCorp has also taken control of the cash-strapped Talon coffeehouse from Lana. Now a junior reporter at The Daily Planet, Chloe reluctantly investigates Clark for Lionel.
Meanwhile, on a deserted tropical island, Lex has survived the ocean crash of his corporate jet, unaware of what happened to his bride, Dr. Helen Bryce (EMMANUELLE VAUGIER), and the pilot. At the same time as his funeral takes place in Smallville, Lex fights with a cynical fellow castaway, Louis Leery Jr. (RYAN ROBBINS), and kills him violently. But when a seaman sees Lex's fire and rescues him, Lex realizes that Louis was a hallucination.
When Chloe admits to Lana that she found Clark -- a secret that he swore her to -- Lana tracks him down and begs him to come home. Failing to convince Clark, Lana tells Jonathan where to find him, and father and son face off. But Jonathan has an advantage: Before leaving Smallville, he confronted Clark's Kryptonian father and acquired superhuman powers. While grappling, Jonathan and Clark smash through a 60th-floor window and plummet towards the ground.