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Upon arriving in a Western mining town, mild-mannered Easterner Willie Duggan is brutally beaten for talking to dancehall hostess Carole Ridgeway. The thrashing, however, is terminated by Johnny Liam, who shoots and kills Duggan's assailant. Duggan finds work with a transport company, delivering the miners' payroll. When Duggan and his assistant Luther are ambushed Duggan kills the robber. After discovering that rewards are given for such slaughter, Duggan and Luther become bounty hunters. Although they capture outlaw Mike Clayman, his henchmen follow the pair, killing Luther and wounding Duggan. The unconscious victim is found by rancher Ridgeway, whose daughter Carole restores the gunman to health. Despite his love for Carole, Duggan resolves to avenge his partner's death and launches a campaign to exterminate outlaws. In his zeal Duggan kills an innocent man, becoming a criminal in his own right. While eloping with Carole, Duggan himself is slain by a bounty hunter.