When a old miner refuses to allow a road to be built through a high mountain pass he owns, the California Governor asks Bat to intervene. Bat finds the holdout to be an old friend Soda Smith and all is not as the Governor thought.
In the mid 1880s Bat is called upon by the California Governor to help complete a road through the high Sierra Nevada range. The Governor asked Clyde Richards to put a road through to ease traffic and stop the deaths of people in the mountains. Richards has found a route by buying old mining roads and tying them together to make a single road. He has all the right of way except for one piece owned by W.T. Smith. They can't get near to Smith due to him barricading himself in his mountain cabin ringed by explosives set in the ground like mines. While talking to Richards, someone takes a shot at Bat. As Bat prepares to visit Smith, he appears on the road going for supplies. Richards tries to shoot Smith but Bat deflects the shot. Smith is Soda Smith who saved Bat's life during a diamond mine scandal in Colorado. Bat chases Smith back to his cabin where Bat convinces him to talk. However, Bat doesn't like what he hears. Richards has killed people and paid little for the previous right of ... Written by