Chet Hallam stayed in Texas when his family moved to Kansas. Five years passed before he paid them a visit and, when he reached Spruce Bend, bad news awaited him. His father, the county sheriff, had left town one morning and never returned. Chet set out to find him, but local trouble intervened, took up his attention and his time. Resolute, he faced flying lead, fought back with no regard for his own life, and slowly gained the initiative from a criminal element. Arnie, his stepbrother, was an enigma, and Maisie, a saloon girl, whom Chet had known in Texas, added to his problems, until a gun showdown blasted away the opposition and he went on to discover the truth about his missing father?