Matt has to arrest a ranch hand for murder, but the old rancher feels the Bible backs him in protecting his own, especially when the ranch hand is his own son. His principals are respected at the moment, but Matt feels old Jeb will have to learn that the law takes precedence in matters of public safety.
Jeb faces Matt, firmly in denial that his son did anything except in self defense. Not smart. It seldom does any good to shelter a child from facing consequences, it’s part of growing up and taking responsibility. Poor little, grown up Orlan has grown into a rebellious bad egg, despite the pampering of the Bible thumping Jeb. Doc and Matt discuss this point before Matt decides to do his duty and arrest Harlan anyway.
The townsfolk are upset over the delays Matt has taken to bring in Orlan, fearing the killer has fled the area. At the ranch, things do indeed look desserted. Jeb meets Matt, hat in hand, but wants to have his say before he lets Matt have Orlan. Will there be any hassle at taking Orlan in? Jeb has to face up to some troubling truths.