An honest and gracious man, Ames needs one successful cattle drive to get ahead, and the right man to lead it.
The odds are mounting against Amarillo Ames. He's in the middle of a violent range war, his ranch is in debt with the bank threatening to take over, and his health is on the wane.
Ames has come up with a plan. The bonus money granted to the first cattle drive in to Dodge City this season, plus top price for his herd, should help him escape foreclosure. The men working the drive are his loyal ranch hands, and he expects that they will hold up under the tough conditions and long hours this drive will take. But he wants an ace in the hole, so he's invited a man from his past, Cheyenne Bodie, to come and help.