When Cheyenne visits Jim O'Neil in Texas, he learns he is to hang the next day. Jim refuses to give Cheyenne any details nor did he defend himself at his trial. Against Jim's wishes, Cheyenne investigates the situation to save his friend.
Cheyenne rides into town looking for his friend Jim's ranch. He finds out where the ranch is but that he is not there. He's in jail and is going to be hanged soon. When he visits Jim, his friend is less than forthcoming as to why he is in jail. Cheyenne is godfather to Jim's daughter Susie so he buys a doll for her. However, some locals who work for Duke Rhein use it as an excuse to harass Cheyenne to take his measure. In doing so they break the doll. As Cheyenne investigates the circumstances surrounding Jim's arrest he learns Judge Roy McHenry, an old friend, was forced to rule on the evidence presented and rumors of illegal opium. He visits Jim's ranch to see his wife Mary and daughter Susie with a new music box for her. He learns from Jim's ranch hand Lonzo that cattle are running back and forth over the border in a more private fjord on Jim's land. He decides to pay Duke Rhein a visit in Mexico where he finds a key piece of the puzzle - if he survives. Written by
Yep, that is Nancy Kulp (Beverly Hillbillies) as the waitress. Cheyenne's friend Jim O'Neil is about to be hung. Cheyenne is going to see his friend's daughter and buys a doll to take as a gift but a couple of toughs break the doll as they tease Cheyenne. Cheyenne doesn't believe his friend could be guilty so he decides to nose around. Cheyenne's friend Judge McHenry tells him to be careful as someone is running opium across the border.
Duke Rhein is in on the smuggling, but just what is his part? Cheyenne discovers how it's being done but it looks like he might get stopped before he gets started; but Lonzo, Jim's hand, saves him. IkeThompson, the O'Neil's neighbor, seems friendly but it doesn't take long for us to know Rhein and Thompson are partners in crime. O'Neil knows the truth and that's why he is willing to be hung as it will keep his family safe.
Cheyenne has only hours to put everything together if he's to save his friend. Will he do it? Oh, and is Deputy Sam, Dan Blocker pre Bonanza, in on it? Of course, Cheyenne will do it, but it's a close call.
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