As young Stubbs 'Sunshine' Shining is riding West he hears shooting, and sees four gunmen firing at a homestead.
He fires a couple of shots to scare them off, and discovers that the person defending the property is a middle-aged woman named Bethany Bartok.
She invites Sunshine in and gives him food and drink. He learns that her husband has died, her son Bart has gone off in search of his fortune, and her daughter Elspeth has travelled East to be educated.
Sunshine decides to stay on at the farm for a short spell.
But soon things get complicated. Bart has been kidnapped and the local Cutaway brothers are determined to get their hands on the property for some reason.
Then Sunshine becomes even more deeply involved in the fate of the Bartok homestead when Bethany's daughter Elspeth returns.
Sunshine soon gets a reputation as a gunfighter, but that's only the beginning.
Why do the Cutaway brothers want the farm? Who is holding young Bart captive? And where is he being held? Sunshine starts to untangle the thread that leads him into very dangerous territory.