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Following a shootout with the sheriff and his men, Buckshot John, the fierce, sole survivor of Bad Jake Kennedy's gang of robbers, refuses to divulge the location of the gang's cache, and is sentenced to thirty years in jail. After serving fifteen years, Buckshot "gets religion" and decides to return the gold. He summons the famous Denver quack clairvoyant, The Great Gilmore, who is also the leader of the "Purified Thought" cult, to contact Bad Jake for advice. Gilmore conducts a bogus séance, and with knowledge gained from reading accounts of the robbery, Gilmore convinces Buckshot to reveal the loot's hiding place to save his soul. Jimmy Dacey, a reporter who loves Ruth Mason, whom Gilmore courts, interviews Buckshot and tells him that Gilmore is a fake. Buckshot breaks out, tracks down Gilmore, retrieves the gold, and returns it to one of the firms he robbed. He then surrenders and is later granted a pardon.