Nolan and Amanda take a trip out of town, while Irisa's past resurfaces. Everything you need on "The Serpent's Egg."
Amanda and Nolan prepare to leave town on a land coach - Nolan's going to transport Rynn (she who stuck the Hellbugs on Defiance) to the Vegas prison, while Amanda's going to make a payment to get Defiance it's very own railway (the money has been collected from all of Defiance's residents).
Also on the coach is Olfin Tennety, an Earth Republic ambassador. Amanda's been ignoring her letters, as she wants nothing to do with Earth Republic - and especially not their promises to build a maglev (read: fancy train) for the town. Amanda thinks E Rep is totally sneaky and shady, hence why she collected funds for a railway herself. Also, Tennety has two husbands! They could do a Big Love spin-off!
On the coach, Nolan and Amanda bond and also maybe kinda-sorta flirt? Nolan surmises she got her heart broken in the past.
Bandits seize the coach - and one of the passengers (posing as a preacher) - helps them. He takes Tennety hostage and demands Nolan make a trade - the money for Tennety. In all the melee, Rynn escapes.
Nolan, teaming up with Amanda, shows why he's awesome and they make a great team when he agrees to the trade, but has Amanda take out one of the snipers waiting nearby. Then Nolan takes out the main preacher guy and rescues Tennety, while also keeping the money to build the railroad.