Working again for his friend Hugh Blaine, Bat is hired to investigate the theft of barbed-wire fencing that prevents cattle from climbing onto a railroad's right-of-way. Question is whether Bat wants to tackle the five to one odds.
It is the 1880s and Bat's friend and railroad president Hugh Blaine hopes to hire Bat to investigate the theft of fencing along the railroad at Buffalo, Wyoming. Two of Blaine's investigators have been killed. Bat and Hugh ride out to Red Eric Peterson's ranch to look at his new fence which Hugh believes Peterson stole from the bottom land along the new railroad. Peterson and his four men catch them at the fence. Peterson has henchman Wolff make it clear they are not wanted by putting holes in Bat's derby and Hugh's shoe. The pair returns to Buffalo where Bat decides the five to one odds are too much until he learns an old friend Melanie Haywood from Dodge City owns the hotel. Bat takes the job and decides he needs a shave for dinner with Melanie. He has to confront Wolff who is in town to watch him. Bat and Hugh go to H.G. Cogswell's shop for a shave finding Cogswell a fountain of information. There is gold on Peterson's ranch. Bat buys a hat, tooth pullers, and glue as he borrows ... Written by