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.