In Jesus is Walkin’, whatever divine luck got Brown (Ethan Hawke) to Virginia appears to be running low.
Brown’s son Owen shoots The Rail Man, which means Brown no longer has a conduit for the enslaved people who were supposed to join his fight and take over the armory.
They’ll arm Washington’s slaves, and get back into the engine house by turning their hostage, Washington, into a negotiator and pawn.
He rages when he sees that Onion, his good luck charm, is with him in the engine house.
Brown releases a white hostage in good faith, flanked by Cook and his son, John Jr. (Nick Eversman).