The citizens of Bad Dog, Oregon don't much like the idea of paying taxes, even if the money is for improving their town. The frustrated mayor offers a share of the tax money to anyone who is able to collect it. Paladin takes up the challenge.
Paladin and a wounded Marshal McKendrick are escorting a prisoner, Curley Ashburne, when they become snowbound in a mountain cabin. A mysterious young girl and a member of Curley's gang turn up to complicate matters.
Paladin assists Sheriff Ernie Backwater in capturing two young men wanted for murder. He discovers that the two had killed another young man in a "fandango"--an act meant only to frighten, not kill, their victim. Matters are complicated when the victim's brother, a noted gunfighter, comes after the killers.
Arriving in a small Arkansas town Paladin finds Dr. Simeon Loving chained in the street. He is charged with murder and Paladin is pressured into serving as his defense attorney. Elroy Greenleaf, a self-appointed justice of the peace, has decided that Loving will hang unless Paladin can persuade the jury to oppose Greenleaf.moreless
The B.J. Throckton Bank faces a run on its assets unless Paladin can quietly find and return the gold bar stolen by a seemingly timid clerk.
While entertaining a lady in his suite, Paladin humors her by allowing her to read her Tarot cards for him, only to find that death is in his near future. His only hope will be a drowned sailor. Paladin is heading for a desert town the next day, where it is unlikely that he will find sailors, drowned or otherwise. However, death is waiting, as a man of the town has vowed to kill any gunfighter who arrives there.moreless
The three Brent brothers, known as the Water Bugs, have been poisoning water sources in the dry lands of Arizona. A fund is raised to hire a man to bring the brothers to justice, and Paladin takes on the job.
Paladin is hired by the town of Sunshine Creek to oversee the next visit of mountain man Shep Montrose, who tends to wreak havoc every time he pops in for a weekend.
The town of Bracketville hired a gunman to maintain law and order. When the saloon owner hires Paladin to deal with his son who objects to his father's crooked ways, Paladin refuses and gets a beating for his trouble... and promises to settle the score.
Franz, a young Austrian Duke, hires Paladin to guide him to meet with a general who has promised to help reclaim Mexico for the Austrian empire. Franz believes the people of Mexico will welcome him, but Padadin thinks that Franz's advisor has other reasons for making the trip.
The man who once single-handedly dealt with an outlaw gang is now strangely reluctant to go after a similar gang hiding outside of his town. The man's wife hires Paladin, who discovers that the "hero" is carrying a heavy burden.
In the town of Deerfield, three rowdy cowhands force Paladin into a gunfight. When one of them is killed, their boss, an influential rancher, comes after Paladin.
Martha Jane Conroy, "Calamity Jane", has fallen on hard times and is drinking heavily. The man who promoted her exploits in the past now proposes to put on shows using a younger woman as the "original" Calamity Jane. Paladin agrees to help her regain her position--and privately decides to help cure her drinking problem.moreless
Paladin is robbed by scavengers and then forced to cross the mountain in winter without his horse, guns or coat.
Paladin comes across a young woman burying her fiance, who had been murdered by Leander Johnson and the people of Johnsonville. Paladin refuses her request to kill Johnson, but is willing to try to see justice done.
Paladin goes after the McPhater brothers, only to find one of them already dead. Returning with his prisoner to Soledad, they are stopped at the river. The town is quarantined for a possible diphtheria outbreak. Tensions mount as Paladin, his prisoner, and a band of travellers must wait until they get medical clearance.moreless