In a future Earth largely devastated after lengthy war with alien invaders, Jeb Nolan and his adopted daughter Irisa live in the badlands, open areas that have no government. After an encounter with Spirit Riders, a roving motorcycle gang, they find themselves in the city of Defiance, formerly St. Louis. They have been at peace now for 15 years and the new mayor, Amanda Rosewater, wants to keep it that way. There are tensions in the community however particularly between the McCawleys and the Tarrs. When one of the McCawleys is killed, Nolan offers his services, for a fee, to track the killer. It all leads to a plot to invade Defiance. Written by
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In the hospital Nolan's dog tags keep changing from in front of him to behind him. See more
Go ahead, get killed.
Chief Lawkeeper Jeb Nolan
Hey, I got no intention of dying today,
Most people don't. It still happens.
Written by Billy Edd Wheeler
and Jerry Leiber
Performed by Johnny Cash See more