1950s Western starring Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea and Susan Cabot. Corrupted lawyer Tom (William Pullen) and sheriff Fred (Paul Birch) steal stock from the O'Mara ranch, killing the owner and his young son in the process. When railroad surveyor Clay O'Mara (Murphy) hears about the murder of his father and brother he returns home to seek out those responsible. Encouraged by Tom, Fred makes Clay his deputy, and while he plans to use his new status for the benefit of his investigation, the killers instead send him after gunslinger Whitey Kinkaid (Duryea), hoping he will take Clay down. However, Clay deals with Kinkaid and sets out to capture the real culprits.