After young Johnny Hume (Brown) watches his mother, father, and brother get gunned down by a gang of outlaws, he grows up to become an expert bronco horse rider and target shooter, but is still plagued by nightmares of that horrible day. He is branded a coward after an incident at a saloon, and in shame, Johnny and his only friend Oscar hit the trail. The two witness a stage hold-up, ride in with guns blazing, and chase the robbers away. Ethel Carson (Seward) then works to get Johnny elected deputy marshal. Soon after, Johnny is forced to fight the stage robber's leader. In their brutal fistfight Johnny realizes that the man is his brother Billy, whom he had thought dead. The two brothers join together for the first time to fight off the other outlaws.