Sherman Wilks was a commander in the Confederate States Army who offered a $1000 death benefit to any man who joined his regiment. After the Confederacy lost the American Civil War, Wilks became a bounty hunter in order to pay off the debt to his men's widows.
With only one widow left to pay, Wilks set out to collect the bounty on the outlaw Kid Colt. After a brief truce between the two in order to fight off a gang of scavengers, Wilks challenged Colt to a duel. Wilks lost the duel but ultimately his debt was paid off as Colt and his ally Hawk pretended to be Wilks and collected the bounty, passing off a dead body as that of Kid Colt, using the money to pay Wilks's last widow.