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On the ranch lands of Southern California, Tod and Buz encounter the latest character in their cross-country travels: date rancher Adam Darcey. The invalid Darcey is in mortal combat with the State Highway Department, who wants to build a new road through his property. Darcey keeps vigil on his front porch with a rifle to prevent construction work. Secretly, he is in love with his lovely young ward "Sweet Thing", the apple of the eye of every young man in town.