A fugitive convinces Rowdy to bring him to the sheriff and hand over the reward to his wife. But the fugitive is murdered on the way to the sheriff, no wife can be found, and three friends of the fugitive are out to kill Rowdy.
Alone on the trail, Rowdy is befriended by Sam Jefferson who has a $5000 "dead or alive" price on his head. Sam wants Rowdy to take him to the sheriff and give the reward to Sam's wife. Rowdy agrees, but just then an unknown person shoots Sam in the back and flees. Rowdy takes the body to town and waits for the reward to be wired. Meanwhile he is told that Sam was unmarried! And three outlaw friends of Sam are on the way to kill Rowdy after the funeral. Rowdy refuses the sheriff's offer of protection because he is demanding half of the $5000. Finally Rowdy's questioning pays off: he learns that Sam was secretly married to to the daughter of his boss, the town's Wells Fargo agent ( Louis Hayward), who disapproved of Sam, and so framed Sam for robbery, leading to Sam's flight and the wanted posters. Rowdy then deduces that the agent was the one who murdered Sam, but the three friends of Sam are gunning for Rowdy! Written by