Agar is the town sheriff in the middle of a battle between ranchers and farmers about whether or not hired killer Boone should hang. The ranchers have hired him and want him to go free, while the farmers, stirred up by schoolteacher Osterloh, are anxious to see him dead. The real culprit
is Erickson, the town banker who hired Boone to commit three murders; he is all for watching the gunman hang. The entire cast, which includes Clint Eastwood in a bit part, are all satisfactory in portraying characters with escalating emotions.