Three convicts are in jail at River City passing the time with the Sheriff awaiting the arrival of a bounty hunter to transport them to the scaffold at Jessup's Corner. At the same time the bounty hunter, Josh, is riding toward the town when a tornado hits it. The sheriff is killed and the three convicts break loose. As they look over the disaster in the town from the sheriff's office window, the leader, Eli, picks up the Sheriff's badge from his body and appoints Chum the new Sheriff with Frank as his deputy and Eli as "town advisor". They decide to go for a drink to celebrate stopping on the way to tell attorney Phineos Porter there will be no lawyers in River City. In the saloon Eli decides entertainer Lucy is his new girl - against her will. They decide to arrest the owner Leonard appointing the bartender the new judge who willingly goes along for a free drink. Josh arrives to find the dead sheriff and empty jail. He heads to the saloon where he finds himself arrested and jailed ...