A Marshal from Taos, New Mexico extradites a prisoner to New York City. The prisoner is kidnapped from his custody, and the case involves Puerto Rican Nationals, a female novelist, and a murdered beauty queen.
While lending a hand to a woman in distress, McCloud gets caught in a gun battle with a hitman and is ordered back to Taos by Chief Clifford. But Sam is made a courier when the Chief becomes the victim of a kidnapping.
McCloud tracks a drug thief whom he believes is really an addict who needs a helping hand in getting off the junk.
McCloud is left in charge of a group of his New Mexico cowboy buddies who have arrived for a rodeo at Madison Square Garden. But when a young cowboy is found murdered and a hated man in the West has disappeared, McCloud investigates his involvement in the case.
McCloud must decide whether the death threats to a obnoxious Broadway producer are real or have been fabricated by the producer himself.
McCloud searches for a strangler who is roaming Central Park for a victim, which includes a policewoman.
McCloud is called by Chief Clifford and his kidnappers to meet them at JFK Airport. One man takes McCloud with him to Paris in order to help him smuggle complete a smuggling transaction. Then he must escape and rescue the Chief before his captor finds him missing.