Clint (John Mullaney), a deranged man in a small Ozarks town, murders Walt (John Compton) after he discovers that Walt is going to marry Ella (Pat Hitchcock), the girl he loves. After the murder, Clint fleas and the entire town hunts for him. If anyone spots Clint, they are to immediately run to the town chapel and ring the bell - except it is in the belfry that Clint is hiding. He waits there, killing time, waiting until the right moment for him to escape, abduct his love Ella, and leave town. On the next day, as Clint sleeps above the town, everyone gathers in the chapel for Walt's funeral. After the funeral is over, however, the bells will ring.