Paul Bartlett is an eccentric elderly man who owns valuable property that others covet. He is determined to have grandson Jamie inherit it but his behavior leaves his sanity in question. Doc Elliott is told to sign off to have him committed.
Emma Johnson is anxious to keep her gold mine, as the men that work it fall ill and are getting old, yet they've been unable to extract enough to pay the debts or even the payroll. Desperate to find a new vein, the miners resort to stealing supplies and creating an unsafe new tunnel.