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When his Mexican friend Melquiades Estrada is found buried in the desert, Peter Perkins is determined to find his killer. Disinterested sheriff Belmont arranges for the body to be re-interred in a pauper's grave - but Perkins identifies border guard Mike Norton as the murderer and forces him to dig up the corpse. The pair then head with the remains to Estarda's hometown for the final burial.

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