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In the Montana Territory of 1864, U. S. marshals aid the Union cause by transporting shipments of gold to Union Army forts in the East. One of these marshals is Jim McDowell, who has recently been tricked into marriage by stranded entertainer Rose Sharon. En route to Virginia City to investigate a series of gold robberies and murders, they are attacked by Sioux, and the marshal's life is saved by his bride, who continues to win his respect through further difficulties. Arriving in Virginia City, the marshal's suspicions center on the local sheriff, Henry Plummer, and his deputy, Johnny Silver. Before any action can be taken, Silver kidnaps Rose and holds her hostage for the safe delivery of a stagecoach loaded with gold. McDowell attempts to outwit Silver by replacing the gold with explosives. His plans, however, are circumvented by the Sioux, who attack and kill Silver and his men. McDowell rescues Rose, whom he has come to love, and the couple returns safely to Virginia City.