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When Kane, a member of Blaize Carewe's cattle rustling gang, spots Texas Ranger Wade Patterson returning home after a three-year absence, he rushes to stop the cattle rustling in progress at the ranch that Wade and his brother Dave have recently purchased. After Wade rides through town and notices Carewe posting a $5,000 reward for the capture of the cattle rustlers, he rides to his sweetheart Linda's ranch and tells her that he has purchased the Circle A Ranch. While Carewe's men remove the evidence of their rustling on Wade's ranch, Terry, Linda's young brother, whom Carewe has blackmailed into allowing his ranch to be used for hiding the stolen cattle, is instructed to stall Wade and his men. Dave hurries to the ranch to put up the new sign before his brother arrives, while Carewe, fearing he will discover the rustlers, rides out with some reinforcements and shoots and kills him. Though Terry is forced by Carewe to take an oath of secrecy about the murder, he is filled with anguish. Eventually he tells Wade and Linda that Dave was not murdered by a gang of gunmen in a gunfight, as Kane claimed he saw it, but that he was murdered at the ranch and then taken away from the scene of the crime to avoid casting suspicion upon locals. After finding evidence of Dave's murder at the ranch gate, Wade questions Kane at the inquest and discovers a cover-up, but decides to keep it to himself until he can gather more evidence. The sought-after evidence surfaces in the form of a letter that Colt, the newly appointed sheriff, tries to conceal from Wade, which accuses Terry of the cattle rustlings. Hoping to silence Terry before he divulges information to Wade, Carewe has him shot, but Terry lives and tells Wade that Carewe murdered Dave. Wade then sets a trap for Carewe, and once he has cornered him in a barn, a fire breaks out and Wade forces a full confession from him.