After a trip to town, two down and out miners find gold nuggets mixed with beans they bought. Convinced that finding origin of the beans will make them wealthy, they head across the Arizona desert encountering difficulties along the way.
King Fisher keeps the mail from arriving from San Antonio, knowing if it succeeds, he will lose the power he has in Uvalde. The government sends Harry to resolve the problem and he finds a unique way to get King to open his road.
Jess intends to marry his longtime sweetheart but thinks he needs to find some hidden gold so she will accept. When a wealthy traveler from New Orleans shows up and courts her, Jess begins to realize what he really wants.
Annabelle ignores her grandmother's advice and flirts with ranch hand Winn while waiting for her beau Frank to propose. Winn's violent past becomes apparent when he vows revenge on her after she marries.
Caleb relies on the advice and support of his upstanding friend Andrew but has a blind spot concerning his son Johnny. Eventually Johnny goes to far and Caleb tracks him down to make him faces the consequences of his actions.
Newspaperman L. Frank Baum is having a hard time making his paper a success. He spends most of his time telling stories to the local kids, full of scarecrows, lions, and little girls carried away to magical lands by tornadoes.
Maso and Okei, tea growers in Gold Hills, encounter both friendship and racism from the locals. A worsening drought has some looking for a scapegoat and local bully Dan leads a mob to drive their Japanese neighbors out.
Postal inspector Wesley Hull is determined to discover how postmaster Jack Reardon can sell so many stamps in such a small town. He doesn't count on Reardon's pleasant disposition, or his knowledge of the letter of the law.
Charley and Stokes are partners in a productive gold mine and are successful holding off any claim jumpers. The main problem is Charley drinking too much and when the beautiful Wilhelma arrives the situation worsens. It is Charley who devises a solution.