John Dembro is a little man with big dreams.
A workaholic, John Dembro's trying to keep his ranch afloat while facing rough competition from a ruthless neighbor and land baron, Martin Storm. He has a devoted daughter and a less-than-devoted second wife.
When Cheyenne Bodie wanders onto their property wounded and penniless, John is eager to help the downtrodden cowboy recuperate. To repay him, Cheyenne takes on both John's ranch work and John's battle against Storm.
Just when it appears that Dembro is finally convincing his neighbors to rally against Storm, a night of drunken celebrating and a tipped lantern lead to a tragic fire in which John burns to death, while his treacherous wife watches.