Blessed Bea Hopkins and her family remain faithful to their ‘simple faith’ in a world changed by the nuclear holocaust. They tend the bee farm that has been in their family for generations, fighting to keep it out of the hands of marauders and theMoreBlessed Bea Hopkins and her family remain faithful to their ‘simple faith’ in a world changed by the nuclear holocaust.
They tend the bee farm that has been in their family for generations, fighting to keep it out of the hands of marauders and the unscrupulous politician, Jarrett Baxter. Baxter has been appointed overseer of the newly formed Ohio Territory and uses his position to build a town that bears his name.As overseer, he imposes a protection tax upon the people. Baxter hires ruthless gunslingers to enforce the tax. Those who refuse to pay up, find themselves terrorized and killed by his band of marauders.
Baxter came to the territory searching for an unexploded nuclear warhead that fell during the holocaust. In his efforts to locate the missile for his own ill gotten gain, he systematically sends his deputies out to scout the countryside for it.Dressed in her brother’s clothes and disguised as a boy, Blessed Bea sets out across the wasteland to take the protection tax to Baxter.
Inside her saddlebags is a fortune in golden honey, which she hopes to trade for a supply of precious wheat seeds. Along the way, Blessed Bea encounters green-eyed gunslinger, Cole Phoenix. The two agree to team up to get safely through the dangerous wasteland.Once they arrive in Baxtertown, Blessed meets with Sam and Ida Turner. She agrees to smuggle their daughter Ella out of town in exchange in exchange for the wheat seeds.
Unfortunately, Baxter wants Ella.Cole Phoenix is an undercover agent for the Justice Department, sent to the territory to investigate the situation. When his true identity is discovered, Phoenix is shot in the back and left for dead.The only medical help lies in the midst of an outlaw gas depot and biker bar run by ex-militia medic Silvia Moreland. Silvia is a deserter with a bounty on her head. Together Silvia and Blessed Bea fight to save Cole’s life. In one foolish moment, Blessed climbs into bed to keep the gunslinger from tearing his wound open and by happenstance falls asleep in his arms.
Realizing her mistake, Blessed and her companions abandon Cole at the gas depot.He shows up several weeks later, claiming that Blessed has compromised his reputation. He demands that Blessed marry him to make an honest man of him, or be shunned by her family according to the tradition of the ‘simple faith’.Cole soon discovers the presence of an active nuclear missile lodged deep within the tunnels running underneath the Hopkins’ farm.
Together, he and Blessed Bea must find a way to deactivate the nuke before Baxter and his band of marauders get their hands on it.