James Lockhart sells banknotes. Each individual note must be signed by a bank manager, making unsigned notes worthless. When four banks are robbed of $50,000 shortly after Lockhart makes his deliveries, and two of the bank managers are killed, Lockhart is the obvious suspect.
U.S., Marshal Rance Henson, "Marshal Doom", arrests Lockhart, as well as actress Marian Taylor, accusing her of being Lockhart's accomplice. Marian is a master of disguise, a pickpocket and a contortionist, and helps them escape from Henson's custody so they can find out who the murderer is -- and clear their names.
But the trail gets more dangerous with each mile they travel. Henson is a state-of-the-art 1880's lawman, burning up telegraph wires and the rails to stay one jump ahead. And he is falling for Marian, raising the stakes in the desperate game of cat-and-mouse. They are fugitives from justice, and thanks to the newspapers, everybody, including the real killer, knows their latest move.
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