William Conrad narates the scene of the rainy night, and the Wels Fargo office that is being robbed. The man, masked with a bandana leaves with gunshots that kill the clerk. Elsewhere, Brit Ponset picks up the voice over to tell where he’s headed, on the trail to take a new job at a ranch. Needing a new horseshoe,he talks with the blacksmith. The little man doesn’t seem like he can handle the blacksmith job, but he’s heftier than he appears.
Brit is detoured to the sheriffs office when he learns of the recent crime. He does some tracking and notices the westard leading track, and the track of a horse that is missing a shoe and has other distinctive markings on the horseshoes.
Sheriff Scofield, played by William Conrad claims the track peters out just outside of town, and is evasive of Brits questions. Brit talks with the blacksmith about the unusual horseshoe track he found, and learns that the sheriff’s son was in, and his horse has shoes as described. Looks like the sheriff has reason to look the other way.
Brit finds out the clerk wasn’t killed, but is suffering from a bad chest wound. Will his testimony help in identifying his shooter? Brit holds the sheriff’s feet to the fire, and makes him go out on the trail of the horse track.
Signs of blood are found, indicating that the robber was injured as wel. Alone on the trail, Brit confronts the troubled sheriff about his son, Ben. The track leads to a cabin. Sheriff Scofield can’t stand the tension, or the pressing reality anymore, and comes clean with what he knows with Brit. Bullets fly as they approach the cabin, but can the injured robber be taken alive?
Though the sheriff can’t go through with the confrontation with his own son, Brit offers intense voiceover as he describes the suspenseful scene. As he enters the cabin, the sheriff is shot, the shooter is taken out, but he’s not dead. It’s also not Ben. Then who is he? What happened to Ben, and why was this stranger on his horse? There’s only time remaining to speculate, but Brit and the sheriff are able to figure out a logical explanation.