Chuck Jenkins was in trouble. He had been framed into a fight and then thrown into jail. The one man who would have given him an honest break, Sheriff Wick Deming, of Espada, had "committed suicide" only a few days before. The worst of it was that he had only a few more days to raise the money to pay for his T-Bench ranch, and if he did not pay off on time, he would lose the T-Bench to Craig Kimball and Fisher Cochrane. There seemed to be nothing to do but call on his old friend Lightning Swift for help -- because if Swift couldn't do anything, no one could.