In 1889 Deadwood City is preparing to celebrate state sovereignty for South Dakota. South Dakota is about to enter the Union and become the 40th state. This translates into visiting Deadwood by infamous senator George Hearts, who has recently caused the death of an innocent person. George Hearst seeks to expand his empire, tries to take possession of the land owned by Charlie Utter, and finds stupidly that his attacker, Trixie, is still alive. Seth and Martha are finally happy and live in their modest little house with their children who are too young to remember the death of their older brother, William. Jane and Joanie are in full conflict. Alma returned with Sophia, who grew so much that no one recognized her.