As the herd nears Sugar Creek Sam Garrett is seriously hurt and they learn the herd is facing tick fever ahead. When the people of Sugar Creek learn Sam is with the herd, the town turns on the drovers except for Marcie who runs the saloon.
The men are playing and pull Sam Garrett into the scuffle. Sam is moving some cattle with the herd to Sugar Creek and when his shirt is pulled up they learn he has been whipped. He tells them he was in prison. Later his horse stumbles and Sam is seriously injured by the herd. At the same time Clay returns with news that tick fever is ahead of them. Favor sends Wishbone and Rowdy to Sugar Creek for the doctor, tick powder, and to find Sam's son. The doctor refuses to tend to Sam, the store refuses to sell them the powder, and Sam's son Jody refuses to see him. Back at camp they are surprised to see the doctor forced to come by Marcie who owns the saloon in town. The doctor tends to Sam and Marcie tells Favor that Sam was convicted of treason during the war for selling cotton to the north. Favor tells the town he may be forced to take the powder by force. At a town meeting Sam's father-in-law reveals he set Sam up for taking his daughter. The question is whether the men will stand ... Written by