As a young man Red Cavanagh awoke one morning to find his father dead - murdered by members of the old Willis Walton gang. Setting off in pursuit he stopped in Bald Hills to secure himself a rifle, but didn't succeed. Then within hours, a grave is discovered in a clearing, covered with a crude wooden cross bearing the name Red Cavanagh...Four years on and Bald Hills is in deep trouble. The transcontinental railroad is likely to be routed to the north of the town, and a greedy local rancher is seizing property and land aided by gunman Chet Warrener. There seems no hope for the ordinary townspeople. Until, one day, a stranger rides into town...