Thaddeus Birch arrives to buy out land-owing town-folk on behalf of the Chicago company which is planning a railroad trough it, promises extras to help convince doubters and promises extra profit if the cash advance is invested in shares. Tate Rankin is killing off the buffaloes 'to feed the railroad building crew' or mainly to starve the Cheyenne. After Iron Kinife, whose son already died from hunger, charges and is shot, Sully comes plead reason but is badly beaten up, left for dead and carried to Doc by medicine man friend Dancing Cloud. The legs paralysis diagnose also breaks his mind, but the kids help motivate him to start rehab in case it's only temporary due to spine fluid. Once he's healed and Doc checked with Chicago, the fiends are up for comeuppances.