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In an isolated stretch of cattle country, amid wanted posters for the notorious Phantom Raider, a shootout claims the life of two men. Later, at Spade Cooley's Dungaree Ranch, Carson, a guest at the dude ranch and a novice horseman, is questioned about the incident by the sheriff and says that he did not see anything suspicious during his morning ride. Spade's friend Jill, from the nearby Cross Bar Ranch, tells him that she expects the attacks by rustlers to end now that her uncle, Kimball, has arrived from San Francisco. Meanwhile, special agent Mike Hoskins, who is also a guest at Spade's ranch, has a secret meeting with Kimball, who reveals that he has lost a thousand head of cattle to rustlers. Mike tells him the cattle may be in Mexico, and says he suspects the rustlers are receiving contraband in exchange for the stolen livestock. Kimball and Mike agree that no one must know they are working together. Later, Kimball catches one of his ranch hands, Turner, unloading contraband, but Kimball is shot to death by Kevin, another ranch hand, before he can report the crime. Kevin then brings the sheriff and his deputy to the ranch, and when Jill comes home, the sheriff gives her the bad news about her uncle. The next day, Turner and Kevin are leading a group of ranch hands in a raid on a herd of cattle when they notice Mike on a nearby ridge and shoot at him. Mike escapes, but he is intercepted by Jill, who tells him that Kimball is dead and orders him to get off the range. Later, at Spade's ranch, as the ranch hands are practicing some acrobatic feats, Jill expresses her suspicion of Mike. The following morning, while Mike is out riding, he is shot at by Carson, who is hiding in the trees. Mike escapes, and he and Spade ride to the canyon, where they see the masked Phantom Raider meet with Turner and Kevin and exchange contraband. Acting on Mike's hunch, they hurry back to the ranch and wait for Carson to return. Meanwhile, at the Cross Bar, Jill confronts Kevin after finding a vial full of diamonds, and he locks her in the barn. Back at Spade's ranch, Mike searches Carson's room and confronts Carson with evidence that he is the Phantom Raider. Carson escapes, but Spade and Mike pursue him to the Cross Bar Ranch, where, with the help of Jill and the acrobatic ranch hands, the rustlers are subdued. After the sheriff arrests Carson and his gang, Mike says a warm goodbye to Spade and Jill before heading back to Tucson.