When some soldiers come to Dodge, the sergeant who earlier caught two soldiers deserting, is now using this information as potential blackmail against them. When they come into town, the sergeant has a run in with Festus. Later, the soldiers stab the sergeant. The commanding officer, upon hearing of the sergeant's run in with Festus, tells Matt to turn him over or he'll tear up the town to look for him. Festus then turns himself in to the Major.