Kate Shaw, a western girl, has an admirer in Ed Sawyer, an undesirable citizen of the little town of Lariat. Because of her great fear for him she countenances his advances, but when Sawyer gets into trouble in a gambling hall, she gladly directs young Hal Morley, a deputy sheriff, to the trail Sawyer has taken. Lariat reposes on the edge of the Mojave desert and it is in this great waste that Sawyer endeavors to hide himself. Morley tracks the bad man through the desert but goes sand blind and runs across the bad man when he is at a serious disadvantage. Sawyer sees the young deputy's affliction and after a fight, knocks Morley on the head with the butt of his pistol, leaving him for dead. Morley recovers and in an endeavor to make his way home stumbles over a cliff, rolls to the bottom and is severely injured. Kate goes out to search for Morley and finds him at the bottom of the cliff. She conducts him home, bandages his eyes and goes out to prepare food for him when she hears ...
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