When retired US marshal John Durant goes in search of his friend Lucas Gray, he finds nothing but lies and simmering tensions. A dubious sheriff, two drunkard woodcutters and a group of ranch hands all share the same sinister secret. Fed the same official line, Durant won't be deterred. Aside from his growing feelings for Anne Slocum, his determination to learn the truth of Lucas's disappearance keeps the ex-marshal in the dying settlement of Cooper's Town. Soon, dying is the operative word. Hell breaks loose and war breaks out, as desperate men strive to hide their crimes. Durant sees very clearly that his battle for justice and truth lies through gun smoke and mayhem. He must go to Hell and the High S!