Cast & Crew
George "gabby" Hayes
While riding on a trail outside the town of Padre Wells, Lorry Alastair meets a band of gypsies, who ask her about setting up camp in the vicinity. After she warns them about a feud in the region, in which people are being shot for no apparent reason, the gypsies move on. Down the same trail a runaway buckboard carrying Lorry's dazed foreman, Gabby, careens and sideswipes Lorry's wagon. Her team of horses bolt, sending Lorry and the wagon plummeting into the river. A cowboy, Roy, comes to Lorry's assistance, but by the time Gabby revives, Roy has vanished and Lorry remains unsure of his identity. Gabby tells Lorry that he believes he was knocked out by a member of J. Richard Bentley's gang, who are responsible for terrorizing the area around the Alastair Ladder "A" Ranch. When Lorry and Gabby return to the ranch, Lorry's father Breck protests his uselessness at protecting the ranch as he himself was shot in the arm. After the Alastairs learn that the Cattlemen's Protective Association will not be sending any more men to defend Padre Wells, a ranch hand informs them that a stranger is camped on their range. Lorry demands he be sent away, thinking he may be a spy for Bentley. In front of a Padre Wells cantina, cowboy Rusty forces his attentions on a gypsy, Narita, but Roy intervenes. Rusty tries to shoot Roy in the back, but is stopped by Bentley. Rusty, who is Bentley's foreman, tells his boss then that Roy may be a member of the Cattlemen's Association. Bentley goes to Santa Fe, where he meets with representatives of the Santa Fe drilling company, led by Roger Jerrold. Jerrold tells Bentley the company is losing money sending their oil around the Ladder "A" by rail and that Bentley must force Breck to sell within ten days so the company can run a pipeline through the property. Back at the Ladder "A," Lorry rides out to the range to ask the stranger, Roy, to leave, but is soon charmed and pleased when he admits Gabby has offered him work as a hand. The next day, while Roy is branding cattle, Gabby brings Lani, a wounded young gypsy to the ranch. Gabby has Lani's assailant's horse and the gypsies declare they will identify the horse's owner by its brand in time for their festival. That evening, Rusty goes to the festival and watches Roy, who is informed by the gypsies that the horse belongs to the Santa Fe oil drilling company. When Roy decides to go to Santa Fe, Rusty follows and, on the dark trail, attacks him. Roy overpowers Rusty, however, and brings him back to the Ladder "A" the following morning. Convinced Roy has spent the night with the gypsies, Lorry fires him. After Roy rides off, Lorry finds a U.S. Marshal badge in his belongings. In town, Roy sends the drilling company a phony telegram, signing it from Bentley, and that night, Jerrold arrives in Padre Wells. Roy confronts him and Bentley and Jerrold is startled to hear that Bentley has been terrorizing the town. When Bentley tries to hold Roy captive, he escapes. At the Ladder "A," Breck becomes incensed about Bentley's wrecklessness and the next morning he disappears. Fearing Breck has gone to confront Bentley alone, Roy, Gabby and all the hands ride off to help, while Lorry goes to the gypsies for additional assistance. A fierce shootout at Bentley's follows in which Jerrold is killed. Bentley tries to escape in a wagon, but Roy chases him until he crashes over a steep precipice. With Bentley and the drilling company out of the way, peace is restored to Padre Wells, and as the gypsies move on, Roy and Lorry stay together.