Life was never the same for Steve Dancy when the New York City shopkeeper moved west to experience the frontier. The big city businessman continues to learn the ways of the West via the school of hard knocks.
In the spring of 1880, Steve Dancy travels to Prescott, Arizona to gain control of a remarkable invention. But on his first night in the territorial capital, his friend, Jeff Sharp, is arrested for a midnight murder at Thumb Butte.
Dancy knows his friend and is absolutely sure the authorities have arrested the wrong man, so he launches a personal investigation to find the real killer. That's when Dancy comes to learn that the whole town wanted the victim dead. Dancy is going to need help with this one, so he turns to his old friend and associate, Captain Joseph McAllen of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
Dancy just hopes he can scare up the real murderer before his friend stretches a rope on the courthouse square . . .