Being Marshal of Dodge City is a chancey job that makes a man watchful, and a little bit lonely.
Matt and Chester talk about the latest stage coach, and it’s lack of passengers. Then a homesteader approaches Matt about a problem he has with a man, and his wife who has been holding up on his place. A guy named Jim Beetle.
When Matt investigates, he hears a totally different story. Beetle claims to have bought the land from homesteader, Clay. Whether the sale is valid, or the deed has been duely registered, or not, the Beetles refuse to leave. Who’s telling lies? The law is on the side of Clay, and it does seem to be the more logical story.
Forced to get them out, Matt drops a stink bomb down their chimney to smoke the Beetles out. What next? They don’t need to be arrested, and through a minor accident, they get away for now. Back in Dodge, Matt chats with the cantankerous Doc when a gunshot blast calls Matt away. After the tragedy is over, the truth comes out about the land, and who owns what.