Border marshal, Rafe Monrow, finds himself in the deadly El Diabolo desert fleeing from the ruthless Ford Cable and his cohorts. Desperate for water, the young lawman starts to hallucinate and relive the events which led to his being here, facing his death. Three days earlier the marshal had ridden into the seemingly peaceful town of Panhandle, thinking it would be like all the other border towns he had visited, but Panhandle is nothing like all the other towns. It is where a dangerous band of smugglers live. Before Monrow knows what is happening every gun is aimed at him. Staggering deeper and deeper into El Diabolo with his pursuers' bullets getting closer, the man with the tin star pinned to his vest fears for his survival. For his hunters like nothing more than shooting stars...