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At a rodeo, Jim Travis offers to ride a bucking horse in place of scared city-man Jim Traft, who has come from New York to learn the cattle business on his uncle's ranch. When Travis learns Traft has orders to build a drift fence to stop cattle rustler Clay Jackson, Travis accepts Traft's request that Travis impersonate him. With Travis' help, the fence progresses well, but Slinger Dunn, who is helping Jackson, threatens Travis. Slinger's father and grandfather were both killed stopping the last drift fence, which threatened to cut resources from the lesser Dunn ranch, and Grandma Dunn is determined that she and Slinger's sister Molly will stop the drift fence if Slinger fails. Although Travis catches Molly cutting the fence wires, he later dances with her at the celebration for the new sheriff. Returning from the dance, Travis finds that Slinger has wounded his ranch hand, Tony, and goes to the Dunns' to confront him. Molly pulls a gun on Tony and explains that Slinger has to pass Tony to get medicine for his grandmother. When Molly insists the Dunns will protect themselves, Travis kisses her. The real Jim Traft then arrives at the ranch incognito while Travis is off camping near the fence site. Slinger helps Jackson steal 1,000 head of the Trafts' best cattle, but refuses Jackson's payment for the deed and warns Travis of Jackson's trap in town. During the shootout in town, Travis tells Slinger he is really a Texas ranger who has been hunting Jackson for killing his rancher friend. When Jackson escapes the gunfire, Travis trails Jackson to Dunn's ranch, where he forces Molly to run away with him. Travis jumps Jackson, however, and a fight ensues that ends in Jackson's death. Jim Traft becomes heir to the ranch, and Travis promises to return to Molly.