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Henry Conroy, a performer in a vaudeville sharp shooting act, finds that his aversion to firearms leads him to unemployment. Broke, Henry is about to skip out on his rent when he learns that he has inherited a ranch in Arizona from his half brother. Upon arriving in Tonto City, Arizona, Henry's gun-shy nerves become rattled when he learns that his brother has been murdered, and his alleged killer, Danny Regan, is regarded as a hero by the other ranchers. Henry is ready to pack up and go home after the town banker, Edward Walsh, informs him that his brother's estate owes the bank $21,000, but Judge Van Treece persuades Henry to take a look at the ranch first. At the J Bar C, Henry meets Molly Cullison, a waif who had been befriended by his half brother and who adopts Henry as her uncle. When the judge advises Henry to look through his late brother's papers, Molly remembers that she saw ranch foreman Ricky Dole burning some ledgers. However, Molly had torn a few sheets from the books before Ricky destroyed them, and after an examination of these pages reveals that the ranch is prospering, Molly suspects that Walsh and Ricky are in league to take over the J Bar C. As a result, Molly fires Ricky, who begins to stir up the ranchers against Henry. For reinforcement, Molly engineers a jailbreak to free Danny, who had been foreman of the J Bar C until Walsh framed him for murder. As an angry lynch mob storms the ranch, Henry calms them by serving a feast. His plan seems to be working until a stray bullet almost kills him, and convinces him that it is time to return to the East. To keep Henry in Arizona, Molly and the judge plan a phony kidnapping, which becomes real when Molly overhears Ricky and Walsh plotting to take over the ranch and they take her captive at a deserted cabin. Danny and Henry, drawn by Molly's smoke signals, discover the cabin, but Ricky gets the draw on Danny. With Molly's life in the balance, Henry comes to the rescue, and disguised as a tramp, he slips into the cabin and captures Walsh and Ricky.