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Fur trappers Jim Rainbolt and Shaun Garrett find a fortune in gold nuggets and head across the desert for Seven Saints, Utah. A gang led by McCracken pursues them, but the two men manage to hide the gold in a cave and cover the opening with a huge boulder before being overtaken. Shaun is wounded in the resulting confrontation, but he and Jim escape when physician Doc Gates, a hard-drinking ex-gunfighter, arrives to help drive away the outlaws. Taking Doc as a new partner, the men continue their journey until they are stopped by a band of caballeros led by Gondora, an old friend of Jim's, who invites them to rest at his ranch. Also at the stopover is Tita, an Indian Gondora had cared for when she was an orphaned girl; now that she is a young woman, the bandit is willing to sell her to the highest bidder. While Jim and Gondora are rounding up some cattle, McCracken kidnaps Doc and Shaun and takes them to his mountain hideout. Doc is killed when he cannot tell where the gold is hidden, and Shaun is tortured. Jim locates his partner but is forced to divulge the hiding place to save his friend's life; in doing so, however, he topples the huge boulder onto McCracken's legs and leaves him to die. Once again the partners meet Gondora, who announces that Tita has chosen to remain with him; pushing friendship aside, the bandit demands the gold. Jim and Shaun attempt to escape, but as they navigate a dangerous river crossing, the gold is washed downstream into the rapids. The two men join Gondora in a round of hysterical laughter and ride off.