The Virginian comes to the aid of a woman being attacked in a hotel, and finds that it's an old flame, Jenny Davis, who says three men have been following her though she doesn't know why. The next day, she and The Virginian are on a stage with another man who is sick and a young woman when the three men chase after them and cause the stage to break down in the desert. The driver takes a horse for a new wheel leaving the four passengers to wait until he returns. The men take out the help coming for the stage leaving the four stranded in the heat with no water. Jenny is slow with telling the whole truth, but finally admits that the men are the partners of her outlaw husband who are looking for money he hid before he was imprisoned. A mysterious man riding alone is also following both the stage and the three outlaws.