With winter fast approaching the heart of Appalachia, Pastor Andrew Hamblin and Pastor Jamie Coots are in a desperate race against time: if the pastors can’t find and capture venomous snakes before the serpents go into hibernation, they won’t be able to practice a key sign of what they believe are the true believers of Mark 16: “They shall take up serpents.” An all-out snake hunt ensues. Pastor Jamie goes snake hunting with his son, “Little Cody” and family friend Kenny Stewart. The three go wildly four-wheeling through muddy, dense terrain. Meanwhile Pastor Andrew, along with friends Daniel Powers and Michael Morris, slice their way through burr and thorn covered woods in search of rock outcroppings that might hide a rattlesnake’s den. The hunts are serious business- one wrong move could lead a frightened snake to attack, resulting in a deadly bite deep in the woods.
On his ride home later that night, Andrew receives a frantic call: his friend Michael has been bitten by a copperhead he keeps at home. Andrew rushes to Michael’s house and immediately begins to pray with his family by speaking in tongues, a phenomenon in which a person speaks in a language unknown even to him. Andrew believes it’s a gift from God that is supposedly the language of the angels. Michael’s wound is nasty and deep. He feels like his hand is on fire, but has faith that God will heal him.
Pastor Coots and his team aren’t having any luck with their snake hunt, either. The regular hiding places they have checked are empty. He hatches an ambitious but risky plan to travel all the way to Texas, hoping that he and his gang can hunt down some deadly western diamondback rattlers.