Fast-paced 1950s Western starring Randolph Scott as an outlaw given the opportunity to try his hand at being a lawman after switching identities. Jim Dancer (Scott) is part of Quaintrill's Raiders - a Confederate gang that also includes Jesse James (Dale Robertson) - and murders a man (Joan Taylor) in retaliation for the death of his brother. However, it turns out that the man he killed was actually the brother of the man he sought, Bert Slocum (Barry Kelley), something he only discovers when Detective George Cummings (James Millican) arrives to arrest him. When a freak accident leads to the death of Cummings, Dancer decides to assume his identity and takes up the role of Marshall in the town of Lanyard, Kansas. There he awaits his chance to gain revenge on Slocum, but will his own past catch up with him first?