In the bed of a remote New Mexico creek, Austin Teal strikes gold. But when the old placer miner gets shot dead in a Calido Run gunfight, he's only managed to disclose a few cryptic words about its exact location to his young son. Five years on, Wesley Teal sets out to solve the riddle, tracking down the source of his pa's gold. But he's been watched, and trailed. Unscrupulous hardcases follow him; men like Grover Garve who will stop at nothing where the prospect of a golden fortune is concerned. So, with the help of Amy Chard, Wes has to fight them off, first in the bars and streets, then out across the gruelling terrain.