While Johnny Yuma (Nick Adams) is visiting his old friend Coley Wilks (Lon McCallister), outlaws Yancy Daggett (Corey Allen) and Charley Kane (John Duke) burst in on them at gunpoint. Yancy's brother Frank (Stephen Joyce), is sentenced to hang for murder at sunup, and Yancy tells Johnny to deliver a message to Coley's brother who is sheriff: they will trade Coley for Frank. Now it is up to Johnny and Sheriff Wilks (Edward Kemmer) to make a hard decision.moreless
While in Mexico looking for missing cattle, Johnny runs afoul of a Spanish don and his family. Johnny has to shoot his son in a misunderstanding, and the father takes Johnny prisoner to kill him if his son dies.
Johnny prepares to help a rancher’s wife fight off a band of raiders, as her husband is with the posse that is tracking them.
When Johnny loses to a man in a poker game, he agrees to the man’s terms that Johnny work for him for two weeks under POW conditions, as the man, who was a Union prisoner in a Confederate camp, hates all Confederates and wants to get some of his own back through Johnny by driving him past endurance.moreless
When Johnny is forced to kill a man in a bar, he takes it upon himself to deliver the man’s mute son to an orphan’s home, little realizing the man he killed has two outlaw partners who are following in the hope the boy knows where some stolen money is.
Johnny encounters silence at every turn as he searches for a woman's missing husband.
When Johnny (Nick Adams) arrives in a small jerkwater town to meet his Uncle John for a fishing trip, George Campbell (John Marley) insists he was the man who killed his brother in the war and draws on him. Johnny wounds him and kills his son who also drew, but is shot himself. Now, he must depend on his uncle’s help, as Campbell and his men have him trapped in town.moreless