Years after abandoning his wife (Mayo) and infant son, Calhoun returns to town, fleeing from the notorious Dawson gang. The baby has now grown up to be a young hell-raiser (Pierce) who believes his mother dead and who despises his deserter father. Mayo is now a saloonkeeper, though Pierce
doesn't recognize her. He meets his father in a showdown and is humiliated by the older man. The Dawsons finally catch up with Calhoun, and Pierce intends to watch as they kill the man. But when Mayo is gunned down she tells the boy the truth before dying. He learns that she had been unfaithful to
Calhoun, which caused him to abandon the family. Father and son unite in the end for...