Jim Cleve has been deemed, 'a good guy' all of his life and it agitates him to no end. Even his girlfriend, Joan Randle has scornes him for this 'weakness', telling Jim he hasn't got it in you even to be BAD!' Dejected and hurt, Jim abandons the life he has known for the gold mining camps along Alder Gulch in southern Montana. Meanwhile, Joan realizes the danger that she has put Jim in and rushes off to save him. However, when she stumbles across the ruthless desperado gang leader Jack Kells, it is soon Joan who is in need of rescue. With Jim's search for a new identity and the fight for Joan's freedom, this thrilling story portrays the epic theme of man's continual struggle between good and evil..