Emil Viktor is living in the steep and rugged mountains near the Sherman ranch. Emil has been killing Slim Sherman's cattle to feed his family, who live on a run down ranch near the mountains where he's been hiding. Slim Sherman and Jess Harper have been unable to capture the elusive stranger that's been paying for the slaughtered cattle with $10 gold pieces. When Mike Williams admits to having been helped by the mysterious stranger, both Slim and Jess begin to have their doubts. Emil is on the run from a trumped up murder conviction and crooked Sheriff Vanton Madox and his posse after escaping jail the day before he is to hang. Sheriff Cory is with Madox and asks Slim and Jess to help as he doesn't have a good feeling about Madox. The situation gets complicated when Jess is rescued by Emil after a bad fall and finds out the true story of why Sheriff Madox wants Emil Viktor dead.