When Curly Wells rides into Ganado Crossing‚ he encounters Tuffy Malone‚ a young gunfighter‚ and a deadly confrontation is only narrowly avoided.
Curly’s quest is to find his stolen horse‚ Paint. He finds the Appaloosa‚ but when he rides off‚ he notices a strange horse has joined his retinue‚ and that he is being followed by a rider. Overtaken by the rider‚ he meets Melissa McCoy‚ who demands the return of the horse that has joined him. He leads the horse to Melissa’s corral‚ where he meets Colonel Moore.
After initially distrusting Curly‚ Moore invites him to join them for supper. Curly learns that Tuffy Malone had been annoying Melissa‚ and that she has lost other horses to rampant rustling in the area. It is suspected that the rustlers are Tuffy Malone and Rafter J riders‚ working for rancher Hard Winter Johnson.
When Curly’s horse is stolen again‚ he is drawn into a conflict with the rustlers that will inevitably build into open warfare.
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