In this star-studded Western, murder, robbery and betrayal plague a small, rural town - and, secretly, one desperate farmer is at the centre of the action. Zachary Hallock (Joel McCrea) is broke. The farmer has just lost his wife, and - looking for a place he and his son can call home - decides to move West to begin a new life. At first, things seem to be shaping up: Zach finds a new bride (Barbara Hale) and starts a new farm - but now more than ever, money is tight. The town spirals into chaos when the local sheriff is shot down in the streets by a gang of outlaws, who are dead-set on making dirty money and terrorising anyone who gets in their way. Soon, Zach finds himself at the wrong end of a barrel, held up at gunpoint by the outlaws, who make him an offer he can't refuse...His family needs money. His life is in danger. Tangled in a web of violence, betrayal, and deceit, Zach must choose between doing what is right, and what is necessary.