In Pete's Bar in the Bowery in New York, Pete tells some newspaper friends the story of Morgan the Fearless, a notorious desperado in the West.
As he comes of age, Ed Raleigh disobeys his wealthy rancher father, Pete Raleigh, and escapes to the Bald Eagle Mountains to prospect for ore.
When the Gold Rush came to Murrayville, it brought with it rogues and bandits, but none of them more daring than the one who came to be called "The Ghost."
A week-long dust storm has almost destroyed Bob Lindsey's ranch and the surrounding region. He soon learns that the storm has also put his friend Andy Barnes' cattle at risk.