While in the area Jim Hardie stops by a Wells Fargo relay station that has reported the theft of several horses. He is greeted at the door by the pretty and young Terry (Theresa) Tate who is a tomboy in all ways. Her father Sam runs the relay station. Sam tells Jim that the horses not being branded yet were stolen only a couple of days after they were bought from the local horse trader Homer Beasley. It was before he had a chance to brand them. The horses were stolen the night he took Terry to a barn raising with the hope she would meet a young man leaving the station unattended. Jim follows up with Homer who confirms Sam's story and produces a bill of sale for the horses from Mexico where they don't brand horses normally. He and his hand, Charley, say they were both at the stable the night the horses were stolen. Terry who is interested in neighbor Jack Barton is shocked when Homer arrives to tell Jim that he spotted some of the stolen horses in Jack's corral.