With 30 kills to his name, John Slattery adds 3 more stage robbers to the score. When a widow writer from back East wants to be his biographer he considers it. But his plans for being in town are sidetracked by her devil in the details queries and the Dead Man's Gun.
Lyman Gage has always had his way swindling women. Breaking the heart of a married or single woman didn't much matter to him. When he is finally arrested for a promise he didn't keep, he has to deal with a woman who has ideas of her own.
Johnny Coburn, the town cobbler, has a condition called sleepwalking, where he has no control. When his lovely wife takes the Deadman's Gun in payment, his nightly wanderings take a new direction as folks in town are being mysteriously shot and he wakes up in the morning covered in blood.
A replacement doctor comes to town and already has two strikes: an epidemic is at hand and is a female. She uses the Dead Man's gun to save lives so they decide to give her time to figure out what is killing them.
An Italian immigrant on his way to California comes upon a nanny who lost her family to bandits. He takes her along but when the bandits return and he has never done so, he finds out what it means to fire the Dead Man's gun.
When three boys see an outlaw hide a gun in a barn, they become emboldened to rid their lives of what has been troubling them. When the owner returns to reclaim his property, they find out the price of ownership of the Deadman's Gun.