The Arizona sky was a bright orange color from the early sunrise as gunslinger Charley Reed approaches the town, of Tuscon. This one time former sheriff is now a gun for hired and have earned a reputation as a man, who knows no fear since he left the sheriff’s office
Along, the trail to this Arizona’s city, with Reed is a stray dog he has adopted and, called Fearless but to anyone else looking he would looks harmless to them. Why he left being a man enforcing the law to become a friend of those that tries to destroy the laws has never been asked by anyone? Many are just afraid to approach that subject with him in conversation.
He reaches the town, of his visit around the time that the ranch hands, from the Summit comes for their weekly visited after being paid, by their employer Big Van McCall, who many love and hate at the same time. But Charley Reed doesn’t head to the saloon but to the hotel to check in an relax after along ride over the desert.
As, he ride passed the ranch hands they notice him because he stands out with the glimmer of his two six shooters on his horse. And, while they stare at him he also acknowledge them with a bow of his head, but not for long. He dismount his horse and heads, into the hotel lobby, with his one bag and his adopted stray attracting attention that most new visitors to any town usually does.
After paying the desk clerk ,he heads to his assigned room which has a view directly across, from the saloon , owned by Vince Jarrett, who has killed many in his time and never faced a single jury? Some of the good citizens has asked why? But not out loud for fear of ending up six feet deep like the others, who has thought the same way.
He lay back and relax with his friend Fearless close by like a protected child. Who wakes him with barking after a near thirty minutes? Like a former man of the law, he reaches for his guns and go to investigate the disturbers, of his sleep.
And upon arrival he finds a Katy James being assaulted by her client Brett Jarrett, the younger brother of the saloon owner, who has refused to pay the young lady for her services. The young Jarrett is consider ,by the town to be a spoil youth, who feels he’s above following the rules set for others? Charley Reed arrives and guess the problem with just a look and asked the young man to pay for accepting her time of love. At first, Brett Jarrett was thinking other wise until he notice the new visitor don’t get intimidated by his threats or tone of his voice.
He pays the young lady but has some advice for Charley Reed, by advising, who his brother is? And like a brave ex-lawman Reed’s relies that death isn’t a reason but an option for others to accept. As, he wink his eyes toward Vince Jarrett’s brother. He takes the young lady to his room and discuss options she should think about besides woman for hired business. But stops realizing, how can he advise her when he turned from his traded, of choice, as a lawman?
He notice out his window that the ranch hands are leaving the saloon to head back to their employer. He graciously gives his room to Katy James to occupy, while he has takes care of some business that bought him to town in the first place. He jump up on his horse and was about to follow the ranch hands until he was stopped , by Vince Jarrett, who is angry with Charley Reed interference with his brother business.
Reed looks directly, at them and like the ex-sheriff advises them to not do business with anyone. If they can’t afford to pay because others ways, of solving, a debt might get someone killed. From the puzzle look on Brett Jarret face it’s obvious he didn’t understand the message but his brother certainly did.
Arriving, at the Summit, he ‘s met by the lead ranch hand of the biggest ranch in Arizona, who at first was harsh with Charley Reed, who understands, he’s just doing his job as the foreman assigned to protect the owner interests? It doesn’t take long for the well dressed owner of the Summit to appear and greet Charley Reed.
They stare at one another before shaking hands like long lost friends. Which it turns out to be a truth in their meeting. Years ago in their youth they were brother-in-law with Reed being marry to Van McCall sisters, who was mysteriously gunned down while her husband was out of town? This killing has affected them both in different ways, but made Charley Reed decide the choice he made concerning the office of sheriff. He could never find the killer or killers of his wife Megan, which left him without a will to live. Least, until Van McCall ill advised him to join the outlaws that seems to face no justice.
With reflections, of their past behind them Charley Reed is shocked ,by the news that his ex-in law wants him to return to being a law enforcer. News that leave him pondering for reasons that he must go back to , what he once was years ago? After all, he has been paid well to eliminate trouble than to lock them up like , he use to do.
He ask questions that there must be a problem that McCall needs taken care of and find, if there is one, he’s not letting him in on it. He advises ,he will sleep on it and advise him of his reply before, he leave the Summit, in the morning.
The next day comes and, he accepts the sheriff position of Tucson, Arizona, but still is wondering, what reason his brother-in-law has for requesting this favor of him. While riding along the trail back to town from the Summit, he comes upon his stray down, who has left the hotel room to locate him. If, he has one loyal friend in this state. It has to be Fearless, he figure since the first day here this dog has taught him , how to care after years of not caring?
It’s not long before arriving back ,in town that many notice the badge, on his vest. Some fearful, some are not since many has always thought Vince Jarrett called the orders that they followed. Something, Charley Reed thought when, he protested his brother paying for the services, of the local town saloon hall girl. Plus, he notice the town had no law enforcement anywhere in the town when , he came to the city.
But, now it does, and he isn’t slow on letting anyone’s knows that once was can no longer be the normalcy. And, if they feel different they just need to visit him to discuss it. And, he warn them that the room for changing his opinion is slim.
The news isn’t long in drawing the anger of Vince Jarrett, who has never had his authority of running the town challenged. Not even, by the wealthy rancher Van McCall, who hardly ever came to town to do it. He advises his associates to pay the sheriff a visit with his messages of disagreement.
Standing, on the poach ,of the saloon Charley Reed see the friends ,of Jarrett’s approaching him like they not trying to hold a discussion but a threat within their message. They dictate to him that things will not change anytime soon , by him being the appointed sheriff because Jarrett’s didn’t appoint him. A message, he listen to out of kindness but one he respond too with anger.
He states, “my dog Fearless gets upset when folks threaten his owner in any manner”. It would seem true as his loyal dog stands ready to defend him. And, he goes further to warn the four that. disobeying his laws means to him that “Death isn’t an option a reason given to get kill.” They laugh, as to say many has tried to bring justice to this city and fail.
He speaks to the four gentleman’s with his name. Something in all the days, he has been here no one has bother to ask him. That many call him Charley Reed, and he has made many decide to live or bleed. And that it’s their choice on, how to leave this earth. What choice do they have they figure? If they go back one direction from , which they came the choice is no better. So, they stand their ground against the new law enforcer.
Who advise them that he don’t apologize for anyone he has played on their backs, as he fired both six shooters into their directions? One got lucky to just be shot in the leg but his problems seems to Fearless, who attacks him on the order of Charley Reed. Who has a message for him to deliver to Vince Jarrett?
A message that the burly saloon owner takes not kindly too or is willing to abide by. His hot-headed brother Brett Jarrett, who still fuming from the situations days ago visit the new sheriff under the pretense of seeking peace with Charley Reed.
He goes over the history of , how he and his brother came to this town and organized the citizens, into accepting their ways, of living. He speaks, of their time in the Jarrett gang years ago , in another city, where they killed a sheriff wife just for being marry to one. With each word, he speaks the sheriff called Charley Reed is listening closely to his tone. Which seems to be a bragging and a boasting of his accomplishment.
Without, a glance Brett Jarrett, now lies decease in the dirt in front, of the saloon that he just stood alive a few seconds ago. Killed by the story that he never realized was haunting the sheriff for years in not being able to locate his wife killers, and here one stood minutes ago, before him boasting of his killing. Word spread quick back to Vince Jarrett about the death oh his spoil brother. A death that isn’t to his acceptance to let it be.
With his weapons on him, he approaches Sheriff Charley Reed, to inquire , why he killed his brother? The sheriff looks harshly ,at the older Jarrett, who stands next to the deceased brother ,of his on the ground. Reed asked the elder Jarrett to listen to a story that he was told by his brother about the killing of a Sheriff’s wife several years ago.
Jarrett listen closely to the very end and than question’s Reed, what this has to do with killing his brother? Charley Reed simply draws his weapon quicker than Vince Jarrett and states the woman they killed was his wife.
Horrified Jarrett goes for his weapon any way but is met by twelve bullets , from an angry sheriff, who takes his years ,of angry out upon him. And then, he tells the funeral home director’s to place him six feet deep with a no apology sign, from the sheriff written on it.
To, his surprise Charley Reed spots his former family member Van McCall walking toward him with support, of sympathy and respect. While advising him he new he would want to handle this from the side ,of the law after he was told the story years ago.
Without saying, a word to one another they both know ,a Innocent person death has been solved although the killers never knew their connections to one another. Or, the person they had in connection that lead to their death.