How bad can the US economy get? A few years from now, when diesel fuel hits $10 per gallon, the Teamsters Union declares a nationwide strike. The independents eagerly join, and within 48 hours market shelves are empty and fuel station tanks are dry. Armed gangs terrorize neighborhoods and stalk streets and highways seeking food, fuel, and booty. Red Rider leads a half dozen Satans Servants outlaw bikers into the Bumblebee River Valley where they murder an elderly couple and loot their farm. When they enter Greenhorn Gulch with similar motives, Michael Hunt, on guard behind a locked gate, turns them away with a rifle bullet. Hunt and his friends saw hard times coming and prepared by stockpiling food and commodities such as cigarettes, whiskey, weapons, and ammunition. They garden and raise cattle, sheep, and chickens. When the valley folk establish a weekly barter, the Hunts help their neighbors. The bikers secure serious weapons and plan a return trip to Greenhorn Gulch. Officious Homeland Security Agent Cecil Worthington, rebuffed by Hunt in his search for illegal weapons, secures two squads for soldiers for his return visit.