Trampas is on the road nearly asleep n the saddle when a shot rings out startling him and his two horses. He finds himself facing one man and with another behind him with rifles pointed at him. The man in front, Sheriff Howard Acton, relieves Trampas of his gun telling him he is under arrest.They take him back to an old mine which Trampas admits he was at that morning arguing with the owner. He had won the mine in a card game the day before but found the mine was worthless. The deputies then carry the body of the mine owner out of the mine causing Trampas to realize he is in trouble. Wanting to clear up the case fast Sheriff Acton confers with Judge Elmo J. Carver who tells him he has only four days to complete the case or wait for another judge as he and Marshal Krug are going on a long awaited vacation. The one local attorney is appointed to represent Trampas but since he is going on a trip he tells the Sheriff his partner Finch will handle the case. In court Trampas is told his ...