A small family on the run from a group of bandits crashes their stagecoach and is forced to retreat into the woods at night. On their trek they find a small camp and an old man who invites them to sit, rest, and listen to his story. The old man, functioning as the narrator of the story, describes the emergence of a mysterious wanderer arriving on the outskirts of a small borderland town. Not long after entering town he encounters a roguish pickpocket named Mcgraw. The pickpocket lifts a purse of coins of the wanderer only to be confronted by him a few moments later, at which point a duel seems eminent.