Trampas and two cowhands, Burt and Morgan, drive a herd of cattle to a remote army fort. Trampas must go to Triste, which is almost a ghost town, to receive the $1500 for the herd. However, the owner of the bank is gone so he must wait overnight to get the money. While there he encounters an old friend from Abilene he knew ten years before, Lee Knight, who is a gun fighter tired of life. He tries to challenge Trampas to a gun fight which Trampas tries to avoid. Everyone including Knight's girlfriend and bartender Mavis try to persuade Trampas to leave town but he must get the money. Although Trampas returns to the Army post and tells the two cowhands to stay away from Triste, they go anyway to celebrate. It results in their use as bait by Knight by killing Morgan to goad Trampas into a gun fight. Burt returns to the Army post to tell Trampas. The two return to town for the burial and decide to spend the night. To protect them Trampas has both of them go without guns hoping it will ...
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James Nusser became a regular character actor who played the town drunk on Gunsmoke. See more