Tom’s team is checking out a local armoury for weapons, after which he will be able to look for his son, Ben, when they are ambushed by a group of outlaws led by a man called Pope. One of them is killed and the rest are captured. Hal is sent back to the rest of the 2nd Massachusetts with a demand for their 50 calibre gun and supplies in exchange for their safe return.
Pope is an interesting character. Despite being a long time criminal, he seems quite erudite and enjoys talking with Tom – something he doesn’t get much of a chance to do with the rest of his gang.