Horse thief Nicholson, who unsuccessfully tried to join the Younger gang, beats it across the Mexican border, but an unscrupulous posse ignores the international border laws and crosses the river to capture him. Nicholson brings about his own bad end by jeering and sneering at the
exhausted pursuers. He is taken back to town and sentenced to death. Members of his old horse-thieving gang visit him in his last hours--his old flame, Cartwright, telling him sorrowfully, "You was the best I ever had, except for that circus fella." Desperate, Nicholson discovers in the 11th hour
an old law that permits his release if a woman of the town agrees to marry him. He stands on ...