Rowdy has hired Jonas Bolt to get the herd over this land and across the river. While showing Rowdy a pass, Bolt is bit by a snake and winds up clinging to the side of a cliff. Rowdy slips trying to help and winds up on the side of the cliff. Jonas' fifteen year old son Aaron throws a rope to Rowdy, Who helps Jonas up. Jonas is upset that Aaron threw the rope to Rowdy. Back at camp Jonas plays possum. Rowdy finds Jonas drunk and fires him. Aaron begs Jonas not to go to town and get drunk. As Jonas rides off, Aaron says I won't be here when you get back. Aaron goes to Rowdy and says he can guide the herd across the river. Samuel Clayton has a drunk Jonas sign over 1000 head of JB brand cattle in Rowdy's herd. The brand is for the Jeremy Brothers. Aaron shows Rowdy the crossing but gets caught in quicksand.
Sam comes for his 1000. Rowdy tells the sheriff to talk to Bolt. Bolt says he hired Rowdy as his ramrod. The sheriff says it will be decided in court in the morning. Rowdy asks Aaron for the truth. He says Jonas is a worthless, dead beat, drunk. Rowdy and Jonas go to talk to an armed, holed up Aaron.
Rowdy sneaks around back and disarms him. Aaron threw the rope to Rowdy, because Jonas was scared, and he respected Rowdy. Rowdy tells Aaron his Pa is like Jonas, dirty, low miserable. Jonas has been overhearing and says I reckon I can't do nothing. Aaron wants to go with Rowdy. Rowdy paid $62 bail and court costs for Jonas. Rowdy tells Jonas to get the herd across the river or go back to jail. Jonas takes his bearings and marks off the crossing. Jonas won't take payment. Jonas tells Aaron to take real good care of himself. Aaron asks Rowdy, where's your Pa what happened to him? Aaron goes home.