Tired of living under the threat of a gang of crooks, the people of Emporia, Wyoming, hire a mercenary ex-convict, Keel, to get rid of the bad guys. Upon his arrival, he is surprised to find that his former flame, Russell, is now married to a preacher, Corey. There is some romantic tension
between the two ex-lovers, but Keel avoids a rendevous. Realizing that he will need help to clean up the town, Keel sends for his former riding buddy, Donlevy. The two men wipe out the killers in a big showdown. Preacher Corey is shot dead when he attempts to stop the violence. Russell and Moore,
both one-time proteges of Howard Hughes, provide some interest.