On a train trip Trampas takes an interest in a thirteen year girl and her father playing chess. After the precocious young girl's father is stricken with a heart attack while traveling on the train, Trampas at the request of the father stays and helps them at their destination. After he gets the sick father to a doctor, he decides to help the girl find her estranged mother. She left the father for a Roy Harkness who is a gambler. The pair had followed her to this town based on letters Hannah received from her. Trampas learns with the aid of Hannah at the saloon that she has changed her name and her and Roy have gone to Loma. He has a hard time keeping the girl, Hannah, from trying to do everything by herself. Unfortunately, Hannah's mother has been manipulated by her boyfriend Roy into participating in a bank robbery at Loma with him and Lafe Harkness who is in jail. Hannah believing Lafe will take her to her mother, Carol, breaks Lafe out of jail adding to Trampas' problems with her.