U. S. deputy marshal Virg Slappey sets out on the trail to bring to Denver for trial a notorious outlaw, Curt Baxter, who had been captured in a small mining town. On this assignment, Virg will not be riding good old comatose Bob, his reliable steed. The horse is too feeble to take to the trail anymore. Instead, to win a bet, Virg sits astride Dolly, a mare from hell especially adept at bone-breaking. Before Virg arrives in town to pick up his prisoner, Baxter escapes, engages in a running gunfight with a pursuing posse, and steals a fortune in gold. As dozens of bodies pile up, Virg plods on to try to recapture Baxter despite Dolly’s efforts to maim him. The final shootout leads to results he never anticipated.