Marshal Caine is appointed Territorial Governor, and Deputy Foreman is appointed the new marshal, just as the government opens Oklahoma to settlement. Foreman appoints two unlikely new deputies to keep order as "Sooners" enter and make their claims. The new deputies make their claims too, but they have to deal with a shady saloon owner who takes advantage of their poor knowledge of the details of the law.
Connie Masters is being blackmailed by her outlaw ex-husband into helping him rob the bank where she works at. He tells her that only if she does will he reveal to her the whereabouts of the son she hasn't seen since he was a baby.
Chalk is pleased to meet an old friend he has known and idolized since his childhood. Foreman comes to suspect that the man may be responsible for a series of horse thefts in the area, but Chalk refuses to believe it.
An organization of hooded night riders takes advantage of the frustration of local farmers with the fall in the price of wheat, and recruit them into joining their group by telling them that a conspiracy of foreigners is responsible. Soon they begin to use whippings and fires to spread their terror.
The son of an immigrant garbage collector falls in love with the daughter of a well-to-do woman who is determined to stop them from being together. The young man has another problem in that some of his cronies are planning to swindle the girl's mother in a bogus cattle sale.
A large sum of money is left on the farm of Roly McDonough by a dying hold-up man. Roly decides to keep the money. But his attempts to use it to do good for people just leads to misery for himself and all concerned.