Tom Guthrie tries to help a young teenage outlaw, William Bonney, aka "Bill the Kid", by sheltering him at the Red Ox. However, when a vengeful U.S. Marshal, Phillip Mondragon, rides into Sweetwater with his posse, Tom appeals to Bret for help. Now the partners have to smuggle Billy out of town and get him to Mexico. Meanwhile, Fred "The Butcher" McShane, a notorious outlaw, rolls into town and Philo figures that Mondragon is after him... and plans to collect the reward.
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[Mary Lou believes Bret is hiding William "Billy the Kid" Bonney in his ranch house
Mary Lou! Mary Lou! All right, wait a minute. Say I'm willing to give you an exclusive interview - Bret Maverick, cradle to grave so to speak... ought to be good for at least a book.
Mary Lou Springer, Newspaper Editor
I'll take ten minutes of Bonney to a year of Bret Maverick! Does that put it in perspective for you?
Well, lesser men would hurt by that, but since there's no reasoning with you...