Tate rides into town with the body of a wanted outlaw he's just killed, and presents it to the sheriff to collect the bounty. The sheriff sends Tate to the saloon to wait while he fills out the paperwork--and, since he doesn't like bounty hunters, decides to take his time about it. Meanwhile, at the saloon Tate runs into a young hothead who's itching to put a notch on his gun and decides that Tate's going to be it.
While bringing in sheepherder John Chess (Martin Landau) who twelve years prior had murdered more than a dozen people and ravaged a town out of revenge for his wife's death, Tate is forced to kill two sons of cattle rancher Abel Towey, who then wants his own revenge and tracks down Tate and Chess.
Tate tracks down a killer who gunned down a saloon girl. On the trail back to town, the girl's two brothers arrive seeking blood vengeance. Can Tate trust the residents of the home he's holed up in while three killers lurk outside?
Shades of The Searchers as an obsessed man negotiates the release of his wife abducted eight years earlier by a Paiute raiding party. He did not anticipate her bringing home a half-Indian child, or of the Paiute father's fierce resistance.