Paladin is on the way on a simple, routine trip to deliver messages, but along the way a more pressing matter arises. A couple of cowhands get into a shoot out where the young upstart mortally wounds a popular man among the shady characters in town. To prevent a riot, or a lynching, Paladin is deputized to help the local lawman keep the peace.
A plan is formed to get the young man out of town under cover of darkness, but a circumstance arises that draws them back to town. Will the young gunslinger be lynched? Will he make a get away? Justice comes in odd ways.