As described in a film magazine, after constantly being taunted as being a coward by his friends, Andy Walker (Gibson) decides to skip out for parts unknown. On the next train he hops a freight car in which are two desperadoes. Just as Andy enters the car, the train's brakeman enters and in a gunfight kills both bandits but is badly wounded himself. Terrified, Andy sits in a corner of the car until the train arrives at its next stop, where a posse boards the train and the Sheriff (Russell) hails Andy as a hero. He is appointed Chief Deputy and sent out to hunt Overland Pete (Hart) and his gang. As he is about to leave, Betty Paxton (Burnham), the sister of one of the bandits, arrives seeking her brother. The Sheriff has Andy take her along as a decoy for the gang. On the road Andy falls in love with her. They stumble upon the gang and Andy, through fool luck, kills them off. He goes home a real hero with Betty as his bride.