Janet Rainey claims she's just going shopping---but there are those who suspect she's leaving town. Citizens of a decadent small town try to pervert justice to preserve the reputation of the war hero for which the town is named.
EMPIRE modernizes the old Western plot about the town owned by one family, and the problems when an Innocent man gets in trouble with that family. Richard Jordan plays young Jay Bee (his second appearance in this role) who accidentally kills the family hero. All the witnesses clam up or lie. even the hero's unhappy widow (Gail Kobe). But Redigo (Richard Egan) and Tal (Ryan O'Neal) unearth
a few skeletons in the family closet and virtually blackmail the truth.