A moody, existential western that also serves as an allegory on the fickle nature of fame. Cash is a down-on-his-luck gunfighter stranded in a small town when his snake-bitten horse dies. There he meets Douglas, a gunslinger who earns his wages as a saloon celebrity. They strike up a
friendship only to discover that the townspeople are placing bets on who would win a gunfight between the two. Since both need the money, they arrange a showdown with the paid admission to go to the winner. The town is brought to a fevered pitch when Douglas guns down a young cowboy punk out to
make a reputation for himself. Finally the big showdown takes place. Cash pulls a fast draw ...