All Tap and Pepper Andrews want to do is settle down, buy a small ranch, get a few head of cattle, and start raising a family. But nothing is ever that easy for the ex-convict and his former dance-hall girl trying to break from the past. It seems no matter where they go or what they do, the past is already there ahead of them. Tap's job as brand inspector for the cattle association keeps him smack in the middle of trouble. One day he's holding off rustlers, the next he's babysitting Texas ranchers and trying to clear his name of murder charges. Every day he tries to keep from getting shot and worrying Pepper into birthing the baby too soon. It's a lot to ask from a man with a new horse that won't stay still long enough for him to get in the saddle. There's all that, and the real trouble is just about to start.