Jess is tracking the murderous killer, Oden Colling. He proves to be as smart as he is dangerous. Smart enough that Jess decides to break off the hunt and go after the next man on his list, Linton Fish.
Meanwhile, Colling murders a woman in the town of Taylor, Texas. If that isn’t bad enough, Colling is telling everyone that he’s Jess Williams. The county sheriff puts out a warrant for Jess to be detained for questioning.
United States Marshal Frank Reedy sends John Bodine to Taylor to attempt to resolve the issue, but it only angers the county sheriff, who then offers a reward for Jess’s detention. Jess knows he’s innocent of the charge, but some of the other gunslingers are just looking for an excuse to go after him.