Matt and doc talk about staying out all night gambling. In their small talk, Doc claims that Matt needs to fritter his money away on doodads for his horse. They meet Kitty in the general store, and Matt talks to her about her shopping. The peaceful morning is broken by a report from Chester. Matt is called out to arrest one of the locals.
At the homestead, Matt talks with the simple minded man who tells about his dad and a shooting. Riding a little further, the man shows Matt and Chester a potato cellar where the family is surviving. When the dad is not home, Mrs Groat offers what hospitality she can, but the dirt poor family doesn’t have many amenities.
Matt begins to doubt that Mr Groat shot anybody, but he and Chester patiently wait in the cellar and partake of the moldy food that is the best the family can offer. When dad gets home he shares his crazy plan of luring Matt out of town so he can rob the bank. Has Matt walked into a trap? Can he and Chester break away from the slow witted homesteader? He may not be bright, bbut he doesn’t have any problems with gunning someone down.
Riders approach. Is this the rest of the gang? Will Matt and Chester stand a chance at freedom? Matt remains ever watchful for his chance.
The moment comes, and Matt jumps Groatt’s son, but it doesn’t seem to phase the old man. In the standoff, Matt and Chester break free. After the gunsmoke settles and the Groat menfolk are dead, they still need to get past the rifle toting Mrs Groat.
There turns out to be no trouble with her as the stunned prairie woman shares some family secrets and wonders how a destitute woman can survive the rough life out West. Some of life’s questions just don’t have ansers.