Clint Wade comes to Sherman Ranch and Relay station to force Jess Harper to lead him to where Jess caught up to his brother Roy five years previous. Clint wants the $80,000 in gold that his brother hid and Jess is the only one that can lead Clint to the gold. Faced with a life or death decision, Jess has no choice but to agree and it's an arduous trek through the desert over a route Jess barely remembers. They are soon overtaken by Clint's cell mate Deke Belden and suddenly it's Belden calling the shots. When they arrive at the old mission where Jess caught up with Roy, Jess' life becomes forfeit but they aren't alone. Someone saves Jess but it allows Clint and Deke the opportunity to find the gold. It becomes everyman for himself and Jess just may end up on the losing end of any bargain.