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In 1880, a stud-poker game in Rincon, Colorado, ends violently when one of the players, a stranger, is lynched for attempting to cheat. Gambler Van Morgan, who alone tried to prevent the hanging, decides to move on to Denver. After he leaves, a gold rush hits Rincon, bringing with it the self-ordained Rev. Jonathan Rudd, a fire-and-brimstone preacher, and Lily Langford, a madam with a group of lady barbers. After learning that two of the poker players have been murdered, Van returns to Rincon, despite the warning of bartender Little George that someone may be planning to kill every man who played in the game. While Van divides his time between tracking down the killer and diverting himself with both Lily and Nora Evers, two more of the game's participants are murdered. Unknown to Van, the killer is Reverend Rudd, whose brother was the lynch victim; he was supplied with the names of the other players by Nora's brother, Nick, who claims he tried to circumvent the hanging, although he actually instigated it. After killing Little George on Evers' advice, Reverend Rudd discovers that Nick was the ringleader of the lynching and that Van was also in the card game. Rudd outdraws Nick and then goes after his final victim, but the preacher is killed in the final shootout. Van leaves once more for Denver, bidding farewell to both Nora and Lily.