A letter takes Jess to a town where he finds his friend has been killed but he develops a new friendship with the sheriff who ultimately hires Jess as a deputy. However, Jess is hurt when the sheriff strays due to a woman he desires.
Vic Stoddard comes to Rock Spring to mail a letter only he's gunned down by Curly Troy, son of a powerful local rancher. Curly mails the letter anyway, which is addressed to Jess Harper. Jess travels to Rock Spring because of Vic's letter only to find his friend dead. Angry, Jess tries to goad Curly into gunfight but Sheriff Tully Hatch cools both hotheads down. It doesn't stop Curly from making another try for Jess later that night, but it costs him his life. Jess decides to stay in Rock Springs and becomes Sheriff Hatch's deputy and immediately there is a bank robbery that nets the thieves most of the deposits of the town. When Jess and the sheriff split up during the pursuit. Hatch ends up keeping the money because of his infatuation with Evie the saloon girl. He wants to impress Evie and she only has eyes for money. The third robber is loose and looking for the stolen money while Sheriff Hatch is busy making plans to run with Evie. Circumstances force Jess to face the possibility ...Written by
Robert Fuller leaves Sherman station and it looks for a while like it might be for good. He finds that he's arrived just in time to bury his friend who was gunned down by William Bryant the son of the owner of the local Ponderosa and a bully, a fast draw and a coward.
You think this story is going in a familiar direction, but it turns out to be all about sheriff Lloyd Nolan in the town who deals with the situation and he's lived a life of honest respectability. Unfortunately he's also got the hots for saloon girl Patricia Barry who had attached herself to Bryant because he was the wealthiest one around.
I won't say the rest of the story, but the upright Nolan has temptation come his way and sadly gives in.
As do many of us in a similar situation. Sadly Robert Fuller who came to idolize this man is sadly disillusioned.
Good episode and a life lesson.
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