The California desert is taking it's toll on Rosie and her husband Aaron after months of failure at mining. She is ready to return to her parents when they find an unexpected mineral on a dry lake bed that could make them wealthy.
In the small High Sierras town of Bodie, a modest seamstress has settled down unnoticed. But what the townspeople do not know is that this woman used to be acclaimed as Tiger Lil, the star singer of Virginia City, during the gold rush days. Her life was turned upside down when her lover dumped her. Devastated, Tiger Lil gave up singing and after taking on a new name, took refuge among them...
Steve Bassett runs the only restaurant in a miner's camp, when he finds healthy competition after Melodie Marshall opens a rival eatery that quickly empties his tables. But Ms. Marshall must choose between success and romance when gold is discovered on a property she acquired from Bassett.
When young Miguel saves the lives of a rich man and his daughter, he is given a bag of silver coins as a reward. When he donates the silver to the local bell foundry to sweeten the tone of a new church bell, his mother is mortified. But Miguel doesn't realize that the gift will return in full when, as a priest he is lost in the desert many years later.
Jennie has a bad reputation as a claim jumper, and trouble is brewing when she and another miner argue over the rights to a rich strike. But more trouble is in store for Jennie when her daughter arrives unexpectedly, with the idea that her mother is a wealthy mine owner.
While fleeing a posse in Death Valley, two outlaws discover a rich vein of silver. Since they're too well known to file a claim, one of the bandits convinces his girlfriend, Gwen, to file for them. Gwen goes a step farther and arranges for a U.S. Senator to arrange for immunity for the two bandits in exchange for the claim and cash. When Wells Fargo claims the money for past hold-ups, the crooks decide to go back into the robbery business, but the senator and their girlfriends have other ideas.
A young woman has trouble adjusting to the rough prairie after her Mormon husband is called to settle a new "Zion" away from Salt Lake City. The longer she stays there, the more she wants to leave until she finally has to take desperate measures to get what she thinks she truly wants.
Odd little man named Oscar Little wins big at a land auction in the new frontier town of Rawhide, Nevada. With the help of a kind stranger, he turns a ten-dollar investment into over $20,000. After a narrow escape from a thieving dance-hall girl, Oscar makes his way home to New York. Here, he rescues his grateful brother and family from financial ruin. Though the family believes Oscar is still rich, he takes his leave, penniless, and returns to the West.