Josh arrives in High Mesa where he locates Sheriff Adler in the restaurant eating. When he asks for directions to Ruth Conners, the sheriff suddenly gives him the cold shoulder and forces him to wait until he is done eating. At the sheriff's office, Adler finally relents. Josh rides to the Connors home where Mrs. Connors tells him her husband left her but she is willing to pay a "bounty" to have Josh find and return him. While talking, Victor Kincaid enters with a load of firewood who Mrs. Connors introduces. Josh believes he may have seen Dr. Connors in another town but he refuses to say which one. He rides to the town with Dr. Connors picture from the poster but no one will admit they know him including the bar maid Dora Gaines. That night in a dark alley three men beat up Josh warning him to leave town. Not knowing why Josh is in town, Miguel Ramierez finds him and helps him get first aid. When Josh spots Victor in town, he realizes there is a problem.