Frankie Niles, a very young man, returns to his hometown after spending time as a sailor traveling the seas. However the people of the town remember Frankie as a punk kid and for his delinquent acts and want nothing to do with this young man. Even family member turn Frankie away making him sleep in a stable to avoid an approaching storm.
While sleeping in the stable, Frankie is awaken by a commotion. He witnesses Jud Culver kill his brother over money. While trying to sneak out of the stable he is heard by Jud. With Jud trying to kill Frankie, he manages to break out a window and escape into the storm.
The next day, Jud runs into Frankie and tells him that if he does not leave the territory that he will tell the authorities that Frankie was the one that killed his brother. After all, who is going to believe a person that the town believes is trouble. Judd tells Frankie to leave the territory and Frankie starts walking.
Later the stagecoach, driven by Simon, passes Frankie walking on the road. Simon picks up the youth and lets him ride for free. But little does Frankie know that Jud is also on the stage. It is going to be a long ride.
There is much more going on in this story that makes for a pleasant watch. Billy Gray, that played Frankie, did a nice job and made the viewer feel for the youth. However, the acting alone could not help all parts of the story. The ending of the tale, nice as we all wanted it to be, had to be taken with a spoon full of sugar. Not to say this was a poor adventure that is not worthy of watching- but perhaps it needed a dose of reality before going near fantasy. The acting was the bright spot of the show.
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