A few minutes before he is killed by an unseen gunman using a split-butt rifle, in a saloon in Tumult, Wyoming, railway employee Harley Masters
(Wheaton Chambers) gives a secret map to Deputy Marshal Ed Garry (Jon Hall.) Garry is questioned about the murder by Master’s niece Janet
(Frances Langford); her cousin Bill Masters (Russell Hayden); the town big-shot, Joel Benton (Dick Foran) and Doc Vinson (Clem Bevans).
Garry meets Claire Benton (Julie Bishop) when her brother and his henchman Eli Cressett (Joe Sawyer) question Garry about the map.
Garry accuses Cressett of being one of the two wanted men he is seeking. Cressett, aided by Benton,mescapes from jail. Garry and Janet find
a split-butt rifle near where one of her hands was killed in a rustling raid. They take it to town and Garry telegraphs the Winchester Arms Company
and asks the name of the purchaser based on their serial number records. Cressett meets with Bill Masters, the real leader of the gang, and is
offered more money if he will kill Benton. He agrees, but intends to double-cross Masters.