Civil War hero turned cattle rancher, Luke Slaughter is a slow talking, soft spoken manm, but he knows how to handle any two footed critter with a gun who crosses his path. A cattle drive is planned, and the hazards are discussed. There’s more than the dangers of the terrain, Luke’s crew of cowboys have their own hard exteriors, and fragile egos to deal with as well. On the trail, dangers increase when Carlotta tags along, and causes a rivalry among the cow hands.
After gunshots spook the cattle, a stampede is bravely stopped when Luke turns the herd single handedly. Jimmy is a young man whith a chip on his shoulder, and an itchy trigger finger. Luke puts him in his place, but will Jimmy’s damaged ego make good on his promise to get revenge? That’s not the trouble that Luke sees as the biggest worry on the trail though. Is it the rough land, or a spy in their midst?
Who could it be? Witchitaw is just a nosey old man, and good side kick material. Hancock is jealous of Carlotta, and an imagined affair with Luke. Is Jimmy the spy? Can Carlotta be trusted? Gunplay breaks out, but the herd is safe, and a hard lesson is dealt when the spy shows their hand.