WELCOME TO LEITH -- and for reasons that go well beyond the immediate problems at hand for the minuscule community of Leith, North Dakota, in which the events we view take place. A tiny town with only 24 residents, Leith suddenly got a new one back in 2012, when a fellow named Craig Cobb arrived and began buying plots of land. The rare newcomer would normally be welcomed in a place like this, and so he initially was -- until the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which had been tracking Mr. Cobb for a long while, unveiled him as a notorious white supremacist with plans to take over the town and its government. Owning twelve plots of land, as he eventually did, would make this rather easy in a town of 25.
Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker (pictured above with Mr. Nichols on the left) -- were given surprising access to both the townspeople and the white supremacists, including especially Mr. Cobb (below, center) and his sort-of deputies, a couple named Kynan Dutton (below, left) and Deb Henderson (below, right).
Along the way, we meet the pre-Cobb inhabitants of Leith, and quite a decent lot they prove to be. One of them is a black man whose very presence in Leith, perfectly fine by everyone else, becomes a slap in the face to the supremacists whose dirty tactics involve everything from ugly slogan-spouting to blaming/shaming one of the other citizens for the death of his own daughter.