The man who got off the stagecoach in Cottonwood didn't fit the description of the U.S. Marshal deputy Earl Burke was waiting for - and he wasn't that man. But when he was a deputy U.S. Marshal, and when he teamed up with Earl Burke in a hunt for bushwhackers, Earl discovered something: some men just seem to attract trouble, and Ed Carpenter was such a man. By the time Ed Carpenter and Earl Burke got several related crimes sorted out, Earl was sore from one end to the other - and he was almighty tired of being around a deputy U.S. Marshal.