George Foster is a bank clerk who lives a very gentrified lifestyle and not very manly by western standards. He has courted widow Laura Messinger with son Tim for one year, eight months, and two weeks but she still takes him for granted. George receives a letter addressed to Sheriff George Foster which Sheriff Ryker and The Virginian deliver thinking there was a mistake. George tells them there is no mistake as he told his ex-lawman father he was the Sheriff of Medicine Bow to make him proud of George. The letter says his father will be stopping by for a two hour visit while on a train trip to San Francisco. George's father Tom was a renown sheriff in Iowa. Sheriff Ryker decides the town can put on a masquerade for two hours that George is sheriff. However, when the train is delayed in Medicine Bow for 2-3 days due to a derailment, Ryker's plan requires significant enhancement. George is forced to be sheriff by day and bank clerk by night as his father meets the town and especially ...