After some controversy, Helaman, the son of Helaman, is chosen as chief judge of Zarahemla.
Kishkumen, along with a man named Gadianton, promise their followers prominent government positions if they would support Gadianton’s ascent to the judgment seat; Kishkumen plans to kill Helaman.
Meanwhile, one of Helaman’s servants had gone undercover into the Gadianton band, and had learned about the plot against Helaman.
Helaman’s servant goes out at night and meets Kishkumen, who asks the servant to lead him to Helaman.
Helaman’s servant maintains his cover, and agrees to lead Kishkumen to Helaman.
As they go towards the judgment seat, where Helaman is, Helaman’s servant stabs Kishkumen, who dies; he then runs back to Helaman and tells him everything that happened.
Helaman dispatches officers to apprehend Gadianton’s group, but, noting that Kishkumen never returned, Gadianton’s group escapes into the wilderness, and remain unfindable.
Gadianton and his ideology prove to be the downfall of the Nephite people.
Nephite Travels and Expansions