The Serenity sets down at the mudder colony of Canton where it turns out Jayne is a hero for having dropped a bunch of money there years ago that he and his partner Stitch stole from the local magistrate. The drop was unintentional but Jayne doesn't turn down the attentions. Meanwhile, Kaylee and Simon dance, River rewrites Book's bible, and Inara beds the magistrate's son, a virgin.
The magistrate turns Stitch loose to get revenge and tell the townspeople what went on, but they don't seem to care and one sacrifices his life to save Jayne, a sacrifice he has trouble understanding. With the son's help, they manage to get away