A stranger/musician, who tells his tale of woe through his music, takes up residence in the Long Branch under the watchful eye of Miss Kitty. Unbeknownst to Matt Dillon, he is not a stranger to Doc Adams. Secretkeeping from Matt seems a little uncharacteristic of Doc, especially when a man's life may be on the line. Interaction among the characters is well done and helps deepen their relationships.
The music and singing is quite good. The filming of some of the scenes is a little unusual for Gunsmoke, but attention grabbing. It adds a feeling of fate to the destiny of the stranger.