Jess's brother-in-law, an Army deserter, shows up looking for help to reach Canada via the Lola Pass. Slim is against Jess helping so he refuses to share his map of the trail. However, he relents under pressure against his better judgment.
After receiving a beating at an Army post, Private Gil Brady shows up at the Sherman Ranch Relay Station beaten and half-starved looking for help from his brother-in-law, Jess Harper. Gil claims he is the victim of an abusive sergeant because he is from the south and was in a battle in which the sergeant's relative was killed. He has deserted from the Army. He wants Jess to take him to Canada by way of the Lolo trail to meet up with his wife, Francie, which puts Jess at odds with Slim Sherman. Slim has a map of the difficult and dangerous trail but he refuses to give it to Jess and Gil. Determined to get Gil to Canada for his sister's sake, Jess sets off with Gil. Ultimately under continuing pressure from Jonesy and Andy, Slim joins a chase that could cost Jess his life. The furious Sgt. Abe Jordan along with Indian scout Areka both on Gil's trail arrive at the relay station knowing Jess is his brother-in-law.
If there was a fault Jess Harper had it was that he occasionally was rash and behaved impulsively. In this episode it was for family.
A starving and bedraggled Clu Gulagher shows up at Sherman station, he's Robert Fuller's brother-in-law and he's an army deserter who has Sergeant Bert Freed and Indian scout Anthony George on his trail and making it one personal mission.
It's a rugged trail to Canada that Gulagher wants to follow and Fuller says he'll lead Gulagher to the border. John Smith at first refuses then helps and his help is invaluable as he's surveyed the area and has drawn a trail map.
There's an exciting sequence where both Fuller and Gulagher fall into a raging river and we learn that among his other accomplishments that Jess Harper had, an ability to swim wasn't one of them.
As you can imagine all truths are learned when Freed and George catch up and we learn about Jess Harper's sister as well.
An exciting story with an across the border shootout at the climax.
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