After an unsuccessful attempt on his life by young Roderick Jefferson, Paladin is prompted into remembering a similar incident from his past. Once, as a youth, he agreed to pay off a gambling debt by shooting it out with a professional gunfighter.
Paladin comes to the aid of a young sheriff who got his law training in Philadelphia, whose attempts to keep law and order in are particularly unsuitable for a cowboy town in Wyoming.
A wealthy cattleman holds Paladin and two other men hostage. They will all die at dawn unless one of them admits to the murder of the rancher's wife.
Paladin convinced a man called Bartlett to give himself up to the law, promising him a fair trial. Unfortunately, he did not get one. Eight years later, Bartlett is being released from prison. The same man who influenced his trial has arranged for five men to come after Bartlett and kill him. Paladin has promised Bartlett's wife to get him safely home.moreless
Manfred Holt breaks out of jail, killing two deputies. Is he on his way to kill the banker who testified against him, or to see his family for the last time? The banker hires Paladin.
Paladin defends a schoolmistress who's being threatened for teaching about war crimes that took place during the Civil War.
Dr. Phyllis Thackeray diagnoses the cook at the Barton Ranch with smallpox. All the cowhands may be infected and need to be vaccinated. Dr. Thackeray sends for the one man she thinks can help.
When his tailor is killed in an accident at a supposedly worthless gold mine, Paladin discovers that the man was murdered and his heirs are being swindled.
When Hey Boy's brother is killed for protesting the working conditions on a Chinese railroad gang in Utah, Paladin must get the boy out of jail and bring the killer to justice.
Paladin is hired to bring in the killer of the sheriff in a Nevada town. He brings him in but has some doubts about his guilt and decides to hang around for the trial.
When Paladin finds a woman and her apparently typhoid-afflicted child abandoned by a wagonmaster, he enlists the aid of a female doctor from a nearby town, but a religious fanatic then tries to bar them from entry.
Lonely Leadhead Kane dies and leaves his half of a mine to an actress. Kane's partner wants to challenge the will. Someone wants to make sure Paladin never gets the woman to the courtroom.
Dr. Aaron Moody once loved a woman, who married a sheriff instead. She has since died, and now the sheriff has been killed. Dr. Moody asks Paladin to look after the couple's son, who is going after the man who killed his father.
A retired colonel sends Paladin to a Nevada mining town to find out what happened to a former saloon girl.
There has been a major accident in a mining camp in Nevada, shortly after the area lost the only doctor within a hundred miles. Nurse Adella Forsyth persuades Paladin, just back from a rough two-month trip, to escort her to the camp. On their way, they meet up with two prospectors who have just buried their partner--supposedly shot with an Indian arrow in the back. The nurse takes their story at face value; Paladin is not so sure.moreless
Paladin comes to a small town in response to a request by Colonel Draco, concerning an "insurrection" over water rights. He finds a megalomaniac, crippled eight months previously after being shot by Brock March. Draco wants the death of everyone who defies him, and plans to make Paladin his private executioner.moreless
When Paladin goes to a mining town to promote a prizefight, his boxer is arrested and he ends up having to take the man's place in the ring -- against the Welsh champion.
Paladin gets involved in a dispute between the patriarch of a farming family and a matriarch saloon owner and her family who believe land they claim rights to holds an Aztec treasure.
After winning a batch of old rifles in a poker game, Paladin finds himself involved in a range war when he tries to sell them to who he considers the more deserving side.
At a stagecoach stop, Paladin sees a peaceful Cherokee rancher being beaten by white men who think his cattle are spreading a sickness. Paladin offers his help.
Riding through Oregon on his way to help a friend, Paladin makes an unwanted and unwashed friend, Monk. He helps Monk escape from a group of trail herders and Rook, a tough, trick drawing trail boss who would hang anyone that gets in his way.
An accused murderer who fears that he will be lynched before he can be returned to Bender, Wyoming, for trial, hires Paladin to make sure he gets there alive.
Santa Maria, New Mexico is looking for a town marshal. The only man willing is Charley Red Dog, holder of a correspondence school diploma. Paladin allows Charley to take his gun and tries to help.
Retired and wealthy General Crommer is dying. He asks Padadin, who holds an old grudge against him, to do him a favor. He asks him to take a message of forgiveness to another man who hates Crommer. A favor which might get Paladin killed.
Accompanying a cavalry major on a mission to prevent a war by negotiating a treaty with an elusive Apache chief, Paladin must deal with soldiers who have caught gold fever.
After having killed a bank robber, Paladin is accused of having taken the stolen money. He visits the dead man's widow and tries to make amends.
Allison Windrom hires Paladin to stop a duel between her father and Graham Beckley. When Beckley finds out about Paladin he hires a gunfighter to take his place.
Paladin is hired to locate Courtney Burgess, who has the reputation of being something of a cad. The only clue is a letter sent to his sister in Sacramento seven years previously. Paladin's search leads him to a lonely fort with two survivors, the threat of typhoid, and an impending Indian attack.moreless
A hobo who was once a circus performer bets a gambler that he can walk across the saloon on a tightrope. When Paladin sees that the gambler intends to cheat, he decides to help even the odds.
Newlyweds with no place to stay end up in Paladin's suite. He learns that the groom's half-brothers are threatening to kill their father. Paladin goes to warn the father.
A rancher having a dispute with his foster son hires Paladin to keep one of them from killing the other in a duel.
Doggie Kramer wins a gunfight, as the whole town he had been bullying watches, but ends up wounded. He needs Paladin to help him get out of town before the townspeople take their revenge.
Paladin protects a new landowner from Boston, who is having an escalating feud with an established cattle rancher.
Charlie Blackburn, an old friend of Paladin, is shot and found dead in Paladin's hotel room. Paladin takes his body back home for burial but no one wants the body. While trying to find Blackburn's killer, he comes up against Win Loring and his psychopathic son.
A rancher blames Paladin when a practical joke goes awry and his wife is crippled in a riding accident.
Tamsen Sommers is advertising for a husband, which presents a problem since she already has one. The husband hires Paladin to protect him from the men competing for the right to marry her.
Aaron Bell's brother was lynched during the Civil War. Eight years later, Aaron is released from prison and returns home to kill those responsible for his brother's death. Warren hires Paladin to protect the townspeople from Aaron and protect Aaron from them.
Paladin stops in the small town of Bonanza on his was through and finds himself accused of stealing a painting of a young, beautiful woman.
After she attempts to shoot Rudy Rossback and fails, Eve McIntosh offers Paladin $1,000 to kill him. After Paladin turns her down she hires another gunman.
Cynthia Palmer hires Paladin to clean up the town of Cedar Wells and get a gang out. She also wants him to send her schoolteacher nephew named Laredo back east. Paladin decides he can restore Laredo's self-respect and get rid of the gang at the same time.
Paladin is taking Blandings back to stand trial and stops at a ferry crossing. They are captured and held along with three others. Someone is coming and they are being held until he arrives. Each thinks it's their worst enemy coming to kill them and all they can do is wait.moreless
A man who left Paladin to die in his place writes to Paladin and asks for his help.
Ellsworth believes he has had an old tiger curse put on him and that a tiger is coming to kill him. He hires Paladin to protect him from the tiger.
Ainslee is a well-dressed, middle-aged gentleman and a reluctant gunfighter. He hires Paladin for a very strange task.
Paladin's friend, Takara, who is a leader of San Francisco's Japanese community, is worried about two insurgents, a priest and a Samurai, who are coming from Japan to cause unrest among the Japanese-Americans. Paladin heads for the Mexican border to capture the pair, accompanied by Takara's son.
The promoter of a Wild West show asks Paladin for help taming down a very wild and famous female sharpshooter and show her how to act like a lady.
Paladin is hired by the San Francisco Police to protect Joe Tsin, their first Chinese police detective. Tsin has been targeted by a dangerous group of Chinese criminals and Paladin must try to protect him without causing him to lose face.
The daughter of "Blue Dollar Alice" asks Paladin to help locate her mother, last known to be running a saloon in Codeyville, Arizona. The daughter believes that her mother made money in cattle and silver, but the Codeyville banker declares that Alice died penniless. A suspicious Paladin decides to investigate further.moreless
Gravely, an old friend of Paladin, asks Paladin to help when a member of his hunting party is killed in an Indian attack. Gravely arranged a phony attack to provide excitement for his clients and doesn't believe the killing was an accident.
Paladin escorts an Englishman to his female cousin's ranch they have inherited in Montana, but finds that an embittered trader is plotting against them.
Moses Kadish is an alcoholic. He moves to the middle of nowhere to try to stop drinking and drills a well. The well produces whiskey instead of water.
The townspeople of Moon Ridge, Colorado believe there are monsters in the mountains. Dan Bella's daughter is taken by something and he finds strange footprints outside his daughter's window. Paladin is hired to find out what is up on the ridge.
When a Chinese man is killed in a Tong war, Paladin comes to pay his respects to the man's mother, Jin Ho. Jin Ho asks Paladin to meet a ship bound for China and see that her granddaughter Kim Sing is brought safely aboard, to return to the homeland and assume her royal duties.moreless