Jim along with Wishbone and Clay find one other drovers dead and a cow nearby dead of anthrax. They isolate themselves and a few strays to prevent infecting the men and herd. While sleeping they are taken prisoner by a Prussian military officer banished to the US along with his Prussian peasants. He and his men do not understand the three men's story about the anthrax and when his cook dies, he decides to keep the three men as his peasant slaves. The men try to rebel unsuccessfully but when they tell the other workers the US does not allow slavery, it gets them in trouble. The other workers are not quickly persuaded life is different in the US.