Rated:  PG
Summary:  Joe has been away from the Ponderosa for a week or so, but word reaches Ben and his family, that his son has single handedly arrested a cattle rustler and is bringing the man in alone to face justice.

The trip is long and ardous and the rustler is determined to give his young jailer a hard time.  Ben is concerned that the man might escape or hurt Joe because of his inexperience, but they are all shocked to see Joe riding down the centre of the town, with the rustler in front in his custody.

As Joe recovers from the long and tiring journey, the law is handed down and the rustler is to hang.   Joe has problems dealing with the fact that he put the man on the gallows.

The town is filled to capacity on the day of the hanging, but unbeknown to Ben and his family, the three brothers of the rustler have arrived in town, determined to extract their own revenge on Joe.

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Completed: NO – A future story to come

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