Zeke Smith is a drifter, a former bounty hunter, Army scout, and lawman trying to escape from his violent and passionate past. Along his journey of self-imposed penance and exile, he aids others in difficulty wherever he stops and stays. Arriving in the quiet Arizona town of Pleasant Grove, he discovers that the town does not live up to its name. A corrupt marshal and his criminal deputies run roughshod over the citizens of Pleasant Grove and surrounding farms. Employed as a hired hand, Zeke discovers that mysterious deaths have occurred in the area. He sets out to investigate the reason for the killings, and the quest for justice puts Zeke's own life at risk.