When even the kindness of her Aunt Hattie and Uncle David Long can't save her, Jesse Tyler becomes the property of her father. Leaving could mean death at the end of a rope, but Jesse doesn't care. Once she is free, that freedom is short lived, as one of her father's men stops her with a bullet in the back. Russ Martin has known about Jesse ever since he went to see her brother Clay hang. Even though the Tyler gang was responsible for his wife's murder, he cannot help but feel sorry for Jesse. With Jesse living with her aunt and uncle, Russ realizes that absence does make the heart grow fonder.
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