One of the outlaws who held up the Butterfield stage depot has been caught and is awaiting trial and hanging. Hoby is called in to protect the town of Talpa. The prisoner claims his outlaw gang will kill the witnesses and destroy the town.
Stranger Ed Teller brings a body into Crater Junction saying it is Cass Desmond who he killed in self-defense and claims the $1,000 reward. Hoby accompanies Ranger Stan Elliott (the only person who can identify the body) to Crater Junction.
Gambler Joe Sunday comes to Porter with a court order to take possession of his baby daughter from her mother Cindy who plays the piano in the saloon. Hoby has to enforce the order over the objections of Henrietta and the whole town.
Henrietta tells Hoby that she just received word that murdering convict Jack Summers has been released and is returning to Porter to kill somebody to avenge his brother's death and Hoby has to stop him.
Five over age 50 tough and scruffy looking men slowly ride into town. While Sheriff Vernon Croft watches, 3 of the men take positions outside the Coleman Citizens Bank while two go in and then come and carefully leave town.
Ranger Jim Perkins got drunk and killed a boy in cold blood 3 years ago and was given life in prison. Hoby makes a surprise announcement that Jim is returning by stage tonight and that makes 2 men in town very afraid.
Sheriff Alvin Freemont and a mob take prisoner Char Lopez out of jail and threaten to lynch him unless he confesses. The horse bolts and Lopez is hanged. Hoby is sent in to investigate who was responsible.
Rafe Borden is trying to frighten Charley Wagner and his family so he will not testify at the trial tomorrow against Rafe's brother Lute who would be hanged if convicted of murder. Sheriff Whittaker asks Hoby if he can do something to help.
Elderly and dying Maude Turley has her boys bring her back to Porter to die and be buried next to her husband after being run out of town 17 years ago by the Corbett's. Hoby tries to keep the two families from killing each other.
A smiling stranger wearing a 3-piece suit and bowler hat barges into the bank manager's office carrying a package under his arm and threatens to blow the town of Porter off the face of the Earth in one hour unless he is given $10,000.
Joker Wells who was a traitor with the Confederate Army returns to his home town of Porter. Everybody wants Hoby to run him out of town especially Ed Crow who blames Joker for the loss of his arm in the war.
Ambrose Hooker and his 3 brothers are bullying Joe the Bartender and saloon owner Tenner Smith. Hoby walks in and Ambrose goads his kid brother Little Beamer to draw on Hoby and Hoby kills him. Now Abrose wants revenge.
Henrietta Porter receives a letter from Harry Keller who was just released from prison warning the town of Porter to stay away from Hoby because Harry is coming to kill Hoby in revenge for killing his brother. Making things worse, Hoby doesn't even know what Keller looks like.
A strange girl arrives in Porter and tells Hoby that she knows that Joe Corbett is innocent of murder even though he was convicted and sentenced to hang because she was a witness and saw somebody else do it.
Tully Saxon knocks on the door to Tenner Smith's office in the saloon. When Tenner opens the door, he is surprised to see someone he had not seen in 8 years. Tully tells Tenner he will kill him before he leaves town.
Hoby returns home to Crawford to help his sister Nora after she sends him a telegram that somebody has been threatening her and because he gets a telegram from town drunk Fred Sales to come home quick because his sister is going to die.