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Episode opens with Ben Pride camping on the high desert late at night. After Ben falls asleep we see nothing but a man's legs & feet walk into camp, unhitch Ben's horse and ride off on it, bareback. Ben has to walk a far piece into the closest town where he eventually locates his horse in the same hamlet and, with the help of the law, also locates the man who rode it in just a few hours before. The horsethief is identified as a kid named Baker, a penniless orphan and drifter, aged 15, who has remarkably-clean clothing as well as a very sharp haircut for such an impoverished waif. Put on trial, with Ben furnishing evidence for the prosecution, young Jay Baker is quickly convicted. After the jury has rendered it's verdict, the innocent-faced juvenile delinquent is first lectured by the town's elderly Judge Platt, who then sentences the teenage horsethief to death by hanging, sentence to be executed the next day. The severity of the sentence stuns Ben Pride and a beautiful girl, Millie ...