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There has been a major accident in a mining camp in Nevada, shortly after the area lost the only doctor within a hundred miles. Nurse Adella Forsyth persuades Paladin, just back from a rough two-month trip, to escort her to the camp. On their way, they meet up with two prospectors who have just buried their partner--supposedly shot with an Indian arrow in the back. The nurse takes their story at face value; Paladin is not so sure.moreless
The daughter of "Blue Dollar Alice" asks Paladin to help locate her mother, last known to be running a saloon in Codeyville, Arizona. The daughter believes that her mother made money in cattle and silver, but the Codeyville banker declares that Alice died penniless. A suspicious Paladin decides to investigate further.moreless
Moses Kadish is an alcoholic. He moves to the middle of nowhere to try to stop drinking and drills a well. The well produces whiskey instead of water.
Paladin is hired to locate Courtney Burgess, who has the reputation of being something of a cad. The only clue is a letter sent to his sister in Sacramento seven years previously. Paladin's search leads him to a lonely fort with two survivors, the threat of typhoid, and an impending Indian attack.moreless
Paladin's friend, Takara, who is a leader of San Francisco's Japanese community, is worried about two insurgents, a priest and a Samurai, who are coming from Japan to cause unrest among the Japanese-Americans. Paladin heads for the Mexican border to capture the pair, accompanied by Takara's son.