I've read numerous introductions to finite fields, but I feel like my intuition about them is fairly lacking. Considering that finite fields are the the most "inert" objects in algebraic geometry, I think I could use a serious surge of perspective.
What I would like to read now is a comprehensive overview that tells me "everything I need to know" about how finite fields and their algebraic closures work, algebraically. I don't mind working out the proofs on my own if they are terse or absent; I'm just looking for quality and quantity of results. Hopefully some intense reading will help steep out some of my insecurities about characteristic p.
Can anyone recommend a single source for such an overview?