When one of his men is killed and another wounded trying to prevent a lynching, new trail boss Rowdy Yates rides into town seeking justice.
Jed Colby convinces Rowdy against his better judgment to hire a drover who soon begins causing trouble.
Rowdy has to hire a hard as nails ranch foreman as ramrod to make sure the drovers complete a drive on time or they will not be paid. As usual, conflict develops between the new ramrod and the men.
When Quince and Simon are trapped in a cave-in, new drover Ed Rankin and his friend Jerry Boggs offer to get some blasting gel and free them in return for $500.
Rowdy recruits a group of Indians to accompany the cattle drive through Pawnee Indian territories, and the half-white leader, Jacob Yellow-Sun, agrees. However, Rowdy's and Yellow-Sun's men both disagree with the decision and tempers flare.
Special Guest Stars: Rip Torn
as Jacob Yellow-Sun |
When Rowdy reneges on a horse deal because of the poor quality of the bovines, the woman with whom he was trading threatens to hang him high unless he produces the money agreed upon.
Jed, Simon, Quince, and Wishbone head south of the border to buy some extra heads of cattle but end up in a border war that hinges around the wife of a Mexican colonel.
A suffragette refuses to let the drovers shelter their cattle on her property to protect them from an on-coming storm.
A U. S. Marshal arrives at the drovers' camp in order to arrest Jed Colby on a murder charge. Jed flees but when he learns that Rowdy has been arrested for aiding and abetting his escape he decides to turn himself into the law.
A new drover has incurred the wrath of the foreman at the ranch where the drive is picking up cattle. It seems that both men are sweet on the ranch owner's daughter.
Rowdy gets involved in renewed Civil War hostilities between a former Confederate officer and a rancher who fought for the Union.
Rustlers pose as cavalrymen in order to make off with part of the herd.
The guide hired by Rowdy to lead the herd across a dangerous river crossing turns out to be a worthless drunkard. Rowdy feels some compassion for the man's son because his situation is similar.