Blake investigates arson and murder in the small Nevada town of Goldfield. The owner of the general store's wife was found in the wreckage and the man was suspiciously out of town when the blaze occurred.
When her former husband is released from prison, a woman contacts the police requesting protection because she fears the ex-con will kill her. Blake is ordered to investigate when the woman's second husband is shot during a Las Vegas Wild West parade.
A case of mistaken identity after a fatal car wreck sets in motion a series of attempted murders. Believing her son dead, Virginia Syckles shoots Ogden Karnes, the man she blames for her husband's death in a mine he owned. Her son, Jamie, is Karnes sole heir and when the old man seems to be recovering from his wounds, decides to finish the job with the help of his gold-digging girlfriend.