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Del Rowland, working for Bill Overlin at the Spoke ranch, begins to doubt the boss's integrity when Overlin and others bully a homesteader named Holt Warren and goad him into a fatal gunfight. The cattlemen step up their aggression by burning Holt's buildings and running their cattle on his pasture. Del quits his job at the Spoke and goes to work among the homesteaders. As the cattlemen terrorize the homesteaders, Del develops an interest in Tess, a nester girl, and takes a job salvaging lumber, but the marauders shoot down one of the workers and set the barn afire. Del has to defend himself if he hopes to see Tess again.