A posse gives up looking for two outlaws, Vance and his partner. They come upon the body of a lawyer ambushed by Indians. Vance decides to pose as Jonathan Williams, attorney at law.
A series of murders occur after four men join the cattle drive. The murders all have one thing in common - a steer appears after each death with the word "murder" branded on it.
A guerrilla leader, a hotheaded marshal and an artist are key figures in this tale of misunderstandings and murder.
Favor clashes with his old enemy Jed Carst, a crude, illiterate man obsessed with capturing a wild stallion.
Favor goes on trial for murder while the wranglers search for the real culprits---an outlaw band on the lam after robbing a stagecoach.
Anton Zwahlen is burying his wife Freida. He asks to travel with the herd for a couple of days. He offers to clean and oil everyone's guns and instead sabotages them by filing down all the firing pins. Part of a plan by Anton's relatives to rustle the cattle.
A man called Pagan talks the drovers into visiting a nearby trading post for liquor. When they return, the herd is gone.
A pair of newlyweds from Boston joins the cattle drive after their wagon is washed away in a flash flood.
The drovers hold a mock funeral for Wishbone's wounded twin brother to deceive his Indian pursuers.
The drovers try to keep as much distance as possible between the herd and a wagon load of nitroglycerin.
After horse thieves hit the herd, the drive is at a standstill while Pete Nolan scouts for replacements.
Pete Nolan attempts to take an astronomer's wife back home to an observatory in the middle of nowhere. When they arrive they are met by an Indian woman and a man who claims he is the astronomer.
When a horse stolen from the drovers is found next to the body of Gypsy prince, the Gypsies accuse the drovers of murder.
An Easterner and his daughter are heading West when they have an accident. Pete Nolan and some friends help them out and they go on. Later, the girl mysteriously disappears.
Wishbone has grown tired of all the jokes about his cooking. He leaves the cattle drive for romance and to start a restaurant.
Jeannie watches from a distance as John Taggert kills her father Henry and leaves. An ex-con comes and takes Henry's clothes and catches Jeannie. He passes himself off as Henry and his little girl, Carie who doesn't speak.
Rowdy is sent to buy some cattle to replace those lost during the drive. He finds some but they are owned by an Englishman, Sir Richard Ashley, who doesn't want to sell them. Ashley's daughter however, promises to work out a deal.
Hey Soos's mother Rosa is branded a witch, and blamed for the lack of rain and an eclipse.