Glen Collins has the hands of a blacksmith, not a gunman. But he will have to be mighty quick with a gun to win the two things he wants most--the first sheriff's badge of San Diego and the hand of Maria Silvas. Glen isn't the only man trying for the job--or for Maria. In the election, he is opposed by Chase Lawson, who has the support of a powerful rancher not above buying some votes. And in the courtship of Maria, his competition is the dashing new vaquero in town, Roy Whitlow. The showdown is inevitable, and when the lines are drawn Glen finds that he is not just running for sheriff--he is running for his life.