Like all good melodramas, Trial by Error is a mystery, a love story, and a shining example (if not somewhat tarnished) of right overcoming wrong. This wild and woolly look at the Old West that never was provides the setting for a "whodunit" in which audience members are given the opportunity to find out "whodunit".
Set in the mythical town of Dust Valley, the play features a cast that includes the laid-back Sheriff, inept Deputy, and pompous Hangin' Judge. The plot twists and turns through the antics of hillbilly cousins, con artists, sour old ladies, an Indian, a Chinese man, and sweet, "purty" young maidens. Witnesses selected from the audience supply evidence for the trial as the comedy comes to an unexpected climax.