Connie Dickson (Veronica Lake) plans to marry a sheep rancher, but her father teams up with land baron Frank Ivey to drive the man out of town. Fiery Connie, determined to fight Ivey to the bitter end, takes over her ex-fiance's land and hires Dave Nash (Joel McCrea) to run the ranch as her ramrod. Dave, a reformed drunk, insists on doing everything by the book. Little does he know that Connie has taken matters into her own hands, and gone behind his back. Armed with his cowboy code of honour, Dave manoeuvres a dangerous world of greed, lies, and murder in this old fashioned tale featuring two of Hollywood biggest stars of the 1940s.