Ex-lawman Jake Harper was railroaded by a gang who murdered a miner and his wife and stole a fortune in gold. By trickery and "buying off" the authorities, the outlaws went free and Harper went to prison. Later pardoned, he sets out to track down the killers and make them pay. But a crooked U.S. marshal tries to thwart Harper's pursuit, hoping to see him once more behind bars.
Sheriff Seth Rossiter knew that if he didn't see Duke Finley safely in prison, he was in for bad trouble. For Finley had once been a close friend, and evil gossip had it that Rossiter might allow Duke to escape, and share in the still unrecovered fortune from the bank robbery Finley had pulled. So when Finley broke free with the aid of a treacherous woman and a conniving gambler, Rossiter had to pursue three criminals on a wild chase.