When a profession gunfighter, Frank Talby.
rides into a small frontier town in Arizona after the Civil War, he
takes a liking to young Scott Mary, an orphan brought up on public
charity, who is abused by the townspeople. Soon Talby puts a end to
the mistreatment. When Talby leaves town, the youth follows him
and begs to let him ride along and learn how to use a gun, promising to
be help to the gunfighter.
teaches him certain basic lessons which the youth interprets as the
essence of daring, courage, and virility; never beg another man; don't
trust anyone; never put yourself between a pistol and it's target;
boxing is like using a gun - if the first blows don't find their mark,
the result could be disastrous; when you use a gun on a man kill him,
otherwise, sooner or later, he'll kill you.
Talby also teaches him to use a gun and
before long the youth is a crack shot, perhaps even better than his
mentor. Together they shoot their way through several gripping
gunfights, but eventually they drift apart when the young man realizes
how callous Talby really is. Using the tricks Talby taught him,
the youth kills the gunfighter.
Victorious, yet disgusted by the cruelty
that fills the life of a gunfighter, the youngster throws away his guns.