A manuscript in the works helps Jessica draw links between a murder, a suicide and a child's kidnapping.
Deputy Governor Frasquez is a day early carrying the order to capture Zorro, while the alcalde had not returned yet. He decides Mendoza is unfit as acting alcalde, and appoints Don Alejandro. Mendoza demands Zorro's capture or Alejandro will be in chains.
Judge Bernardo de la Paz is threatened because he is about to condemn Vincente Torres' brother to death. For safety, he sends his teen son Carlos for to the De La Vega hacienda. Now Carlos must be protected from both the gang and himself.
Zorro captures bank robbery suspect Enrique "Ricky" Vargas. Diego decides to defend Vargas in the alcalde's court against prosecutor Mendoza. When the alcalde is exposed as the real gold thief, Nestor and Zorro now team up against injustice.
The Falcon is a felon with many birds of prey. He arrives in Los Angeles, considering it to be the ideal target because of its corrupt alcalde, provided he can set a suitable trap for Zorro.
Ramon forbids the pueblo's citizens from traveling to Indian land because he doesn't approve of Indians receiving help from the townspeople. Joshua offers to take them food, and Ramon is infuriated and demands that Joshua hunt Zorro and kill him.
The Alcade rides into town as a changed man, charming and courteous to everyone. The new alcade is even 'courting' Victoria, until he suddenly is his old wicked self again. The problem is solved when Zorro figures out that people have been seeing double.
Don Carlos loses at poker, beaten by a foreign gambler whom he believes is a cheat. Zorro intervenes, but the coward shoots and Victoria receives the bullet. Victoria may be shot but she gets her first kiss from Zorro, still not knowing his real identity.
Men try to subdue Zorro when a reward is offered for his capture. After being bitten by a snake, Zorro turns to Magdalena, the wife of Alicio. When Alicio's barn is burned down, he must choose between being grateful his wife is alive or pursuing Zorro.
Don Diego becomes the editor of the new pueblo newspaper, The Los Angeles Guardian. The alcalde, however, decides to take it over after getting some bad publicity.
A highly conceited British expert fencer arrives. Soon, he takes power over the pueblo, demanding that Ramon be his servant. Ramon then has Zorro teach him how to duel, so that he can be freed of Sir Miles Thackery's control.
Captain Henry Stark and his crew of pirates, who believe there is a hidden treasure in the area, kidnap Felipe and Victoria. Felipe escapes to find Zorro so that he can rescue Victoria and the others that are held captive.
An inventor named Dr. Henry Wayne has arrived in Los Angeles. Alcalde Ramon hires him to devise a method to eliminate Zorro. The first device designed to kill Zorro when he enters the Alcalde's office is a failure. Ramon then arrests Victoria as bait for
Diego learns that Colonel Palomarez plans to sell the pueblo. Zorro finds that the land grant is a forgery, but is poisoned by Palomarez and must find a way to force Palomarez to lead him to the antidote.
When the mail shipment is robbed, Zorro believes that the man responsible for delivering the pueblo mail may in fact be the person behind the thefts. Zorro attempts to gather evidence so that innocent Indians will not be killed.
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