Ryker's friend John Conway is expecting Rita who he met in a hospital in San Franisco to arrive and marry him. Being shy with women, John asks Ryker to join them for dinner to break the ice. At work Ryker receives a mail message from the Gar brothers recently released from prison for a robbery during which Ryker killed the third brother. Rita seems distant to John but he is unsure why. When Ryker returns Rita's lost suitcase from the railroad, he finds her drunk. He later sees her riding wildly in a buggy and after stopping her, confronts her about her relationship with John. She tells John the truth about losing her husband and two children during a boating accident. She says she will never love John or have children with him and gives him the option to back out of the marriage. Ryker tells the Gar brothers they had better leave town by the next day. They decide to ambush Ryker that night but stumble onto John as he is going to see Rita to tell her to stay. Ryker encounters Rita at ...