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Mike, a bookkeeper in heaven, discovers that Adam "Duke" Byron, who was born in 1858, was not entered into the Book of Life, and thus is living without a soul. Duke is now residing in Glacier, Montana, running a house of prostitution and gambling saloon called the Copper Queen. Mike is sent to Earth to reform Duke without the use of miracles, and to unite him with schoolteacher and parson's daughter Drusilla Wainwright, so that he can fulfill his destiny to be a leading citizen of Montana. At first, Duke mistakes Mike for "The Kansas City Kid," a killer hired by Duke's rival, Plummer, who owns the Pair-a-Dice saloon. After Duke's henchman shoots at Mike and nearly hits a little girl, Drusilla threatens to drive both Duke and Plummer out of town. Duke and Plummer are fighting for control of a copper mine that employs many of the townsmen, and is now closed due to the feud. Meanwhile, Mike is befriended by Ginger, "the copper queen," who works for Duke. When the real Kansas City Kid shoots at Duke, Mike saves him and earns his loyalty. Plummer starts a fire in the Copper Queen to smoke out Duke, but he escapes with Mike to Drusilla's schoolhouse. Suddenly overwhelmed by his love for Drusilla, Duke kisses her, and she is strangely drawn to him. Duke's henchman, Treason, then retaliates for Plummer's arson by burning the Pair-a-Dice, trapping Speck O'Donnell, a sickly boy who is devoted to Duke, inside. Duke races in to save Speck, just as dynamite planted by Treason in the saloon's cellar explodes. Mike breaks the rules of his assignment by causing a miracle, and Duke and Speck emerge unscathed. Later, the town's heretofore ineffectual sheriff, Matt Bodine, arranges a duel between Duke and Plummer to settle the mine dispute. Before the duel, Mike lures Duke to church by promising to show him a "superior gunpowder" and lectures him on the use of spiritual power. During the shootout, Speck runs out to save Duke, and Judd, an old drunken townsman, is fatally wounded while trying to save Speck. Duke kills Plummer and wins the deed to the mine, then takes refuge in the church as Judd dies. The town vigilantes meet to hang Duke, and Drusilla helps him escape. As they hide, Duke and Drusilla swear their love, but, realizing that his need for power is too great, she leaves him. Meanwhile, the lynch mob decides to hang Mike. A sermon by Drusilla's father stalls the hanging until Duke arrives and frees Mike. Later Duke decides to build up the state of Montana with Drusilla as his wife. Ginger, who has fallen in love with Mike, asks to go with the angel, but he assures her that she will marry a good man. Speck leaves with Mike, and as they ride out of town and into heaven, Speck realizes that he is no longer tired.