Jess finds himself in Liberty, Texas, in a running gunfight between himself and the crazed killer, Sully Hurst. Hurst gets lucky and escapes on his horse. Jess has a bit more trouble in Liberty before leaving town and going after Hurst again.
While searching for his next hunt, he arrives in Segundo, Texas, where he gets into a wild shootout in the saloon.
While in Bream, Texas, he learns that Ansel Maclin has escaped from the state penitentiary, killing one of the prison guards in the process. He decides to hunt Maclin down, but he soon finds out that this quest will have to wait.
He gets a message from the schoolmarm, Martha Heller, in Harrison. He drops everything and heads her way.