A gang called "the Vipers" has been carrying out raids on Kansas towns. Their trail leads to Freedom, Kansas, where Gordon (posing as Ned Buntline) becomes friendly with Mayor Beaumont while West tangles with hardline sheriff David Cord. The town has yet to be raided by the Vipers, but it soon becomes evident that some of the townspeople know more about the gang than they're telling.
Tropes present in this episode:
- Dragon Their Feet: Sheriff Cord. He doesn't bother to pop up until his boss and the gang's rolling weapon of death have been thoroughly dealt with. At least he manages to shoot Jim before the agent offs him.
- The Mole: Mayor Beaumont is built up as an extremely honest, law-abiding, compassionate man who is reluctant to pursue higher office. Yeah, not so much - he's the leader of the Vipers.