Cal Burnett, deputy US Marshal, rides into Pike’s Peak, Kansas, after an absence of ten years, expecting to find the town as he had left it. Any hopes of this are quickly destroyed, as Cal realizes the place he knew is no more and he is a stranger in his hometown. Strange and disturbing rumours reach him – his brother Lance has disappeared and people say he robbed the local bank before skipping town.
Cal ignores the gossip and begins to investigate. When he meets the local law – Sheriff Snark and his deputy Rufus Hoyle –his troubles really begin. Cal’s efforts to uncover the truth take him deeper and deeper into danger, but he must keep fighting until the last bitter shot.