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After spending a pleasant evening with pretty Sally Thompson and her talkative young brother Jimmy, Bob Blake returns to John Steel's Wyoming ranch, where he works as a cowboy. At the ranch, Bob discovers that Steel has been murdered by a man with whom his wife Ruth was having an affair, and whom she refuses to name. As Bob inspects the body, Ruth substitutes her lover's gun with Bob's, and Bob subsequently is accused of the crime by the sheriff. During the sheriff's interrogation, Bob's friend Bill, the ranch cook, turns off the lights, and the sheriff, believing that Bob has escaped, rides off with his men. Once alone with Bob, Ruth confesses to framing him and insists that he leave the area to avoid arrest. Bob hitchhikes across the country and eventually arrives in Harlem, where he meets a man known as The Deacon, a killer who was once a preacher, and gets an idea to assume a new identity and return to Wyoming disguised as a church elder. Back in Wyoming, Bob, now known as The Deacon, allies himself with Butch Carter, a miner who has been paid by the well-to-do John Barker, Steel's killer, to kidnap and murder Ruth. After Bob and Carter rob Barker on the road, Carter rides to Sally's ranch, where he forces himself on the young woman. Bob, who has been told by Jimmy that Sally is being pressured into marrying Barker to avoid foreclosure on her father's ranch, saves Sally from Carter's advances. With Carter's money, Bob pays Sally two thousand dollars, which she happily gives to Barker to pay off her father's loan. Soon after, Bob confers with an angry, confused Ruth, who has been locked in a shed, and again robs and fights with Barker. While Jimmy rushes to find the sheriff, Barker and Carter descend on the old mine where Bob has taken Sally for protection. Just as the sheriff arrives, Bob overwhelms Barker and takes the lawman to Ruth, who finally exposes Barker as her husband's killer. After revealing his true identity, Bob leaves with a smitten Sally.