In its first appearance with a text based on the author's holographic manuscript, three cowhands working for the Springer Ranch have tried, through forging letters, to discourage a schoolteacher in the East from coming West to teach school. Their strategy has failed because of a mysterious Frank Owens whose love letters have convinced her that she must come. No one knows who he is.
Jane Stacey does arrive, and to everyone's amazement, she is not the middle-aged matron expected but a young and very attractive woman. The Springer ranch hands are put in a quandary, falling over themselves in their desire to impress Jane Stacey and simply because they have had too much to drink. Bill Springer is the only one sober enough to take matters in hand and drive her out to the ranch. However, the lecherous Beady Jones has his own idea of how the new schoolmarm should be introduced to the West.