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This story takes place in November of 1850 in the town of Poker Flat, California. John Oakhurst, a gambler, is met with the suspicious glances of some of the residents as he walks onto the town's Main Street. Assuming the people of the town are "after somebody," Oakhurst continues on his way. Apparently, Oakhurst's assumption is correct; recently stricken by a series of thefts, the townspeople appointed a secret committee in order to rid the town of those believed to be responsible.

Two suspects were hanged while others were banished from town. John Oakhurst was supposed to be hanged; however, his life was spared by a small contingent that was fortunate to win some of his money.

The day of Oakhurst's banishment from Poker Flat arrives, and he is joined by three other people: a prostitute known as The Duchess, her madam, Mother Shipton...

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