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A shared piece of grazing land causes conflict between a neighboring ranch and Shiloh. The problem becomes exacerbated when a passing stranger saves Trampas after he is knocked out by the neighbor's son. Because of the stranger's good turn to Trampas, he is hired as a handy man by Shiloh. Since the stranger looks like a notorious fast gun, the neighboring rancher's son thinks the Grangers hired him to fight for them in the existing conflict. Is the stranger really the notorious gunfighter, or just a nice, gentle man? The answer unfolds as the story progresses and Trampas and the stranger become close friends.
Trampas arrives in Triste which is nearly deserted. He receives a death threat from an obsessed gunfighter who is dressed all in black and is known as the Executioner. He is determined to force Trampas into a gunfight.
Trouble starts when ex-convict Frank Hollis returns to Shiloh. He blames Trampas and Clay for his father's crippled condition, who worked at Shiloh as a wrangler.
Trampas becomes the target of abuse and hatred when he implicates the town doctor in a murder case complicated by scandal.
The Virginian tries to help out an old man whose outlaw son he killed. The dying old man has one last wish, to see his daughter who has lived with the Shoshone for many years, before he dies.