Hightailing it out of Chanute before the sheriff decided to arrest them for the bloodbath in the saloon, the posse is on the trail to Dodge City. With it getting on towards evening and the heat still almost unbearable, they come to the town of Prosperity, which appears abandoned.
Seeking shelter in the ruins of the saloon, the posse is terrorized by the spirit of the bartender, which chases them out. They then see lights and hear screams coming from the wreckage of the store next door, Alfred Roxley, his mind unable to process the sight of a ghost, cannot bring himself to enter. But Kuruk does, and notices that the debris flying around the store all seems to be hitting the floor in one particular spot. That spot is a loose floorboard, and underneath is a young woman’s diary.
Meanwhile, outside, Eddie sees a shape moving in the shadows. It does not answer when she calls to it though. It quickly moves closer, revealing itself to be a man-like shape composed entirely of fire-ants. This is disconcerting, so the posse fights the creature, Ulysses finally putting it down with his blazing pistols.
But after a few seconds of discussion, the creature returns and the fight begins anew…