Curiosity about the town's name caused ex-lawdog Carl Simpson to make a detour towards Hell. He was to regret his action when Taw McAdam took Carl's horse and abandoned him in the desert. To make matters worse, Abel Cross and his boys came by and refused to give Simpson a stirrup. Before he knew it, Carl was in a range war, on the wrong end of a bushwhacker's gun. But his troubles didn't end there and it soon became clear to Carl that only guts and blazing guns would see him through the violent times ahead.