Jim Hardie is waiting to meet the stage which is bringing Leroy Finch, a New York jeweler, who is headed for San Francisco while carrying a set of very expensive diamonds. Finch is not used to the west nor the ways of the people. While Jim is sending a telegram reporting their status, Bodie Seaton introduces himself to Finch. Bodie had once bought a diamond from Finch in New York which Finch remembers. Bodie asks Finch to the saloon for a drink where the naive Finch is showing Bodie and two other men, Beam and Neilson, his case of diamonds. Jim upon seeing Bodie tells Finch they must leave but not before Beam picks a fight with Jim. After winning they leave by horseback stopping in the town of Marshall City for rest where Jim is worried when Bodie is the hotel manager.