Tenderfoot Harrison Wilke leaves Colorado and heads for Nevada. Harrison's oldest and best friend, John J. Trohoe, has died in a mysterious accident, and John J.'s will names Harrison sole inheritor of the estate. The estate is a disputed mine called the Amelia One, which hasn't yet proved profitable. But a group of California investors who claim they hold the title think it might be very profitable indeed.
For the first time in years, Harrison feels a freedom he thought he had forgotten. John J. taught him everything he knew about riding the "rods" under boxcars, and now Harrison is returning by that means to accept his legacy....
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