On the day of his release from prison, Wagner recalls the events that led to his imprisonment. Years earlier, his proud and stubborn cattle baron father, Tracy, led a raid on a copper mine that was polluting the water on his land, threatening the welfare of his stock. Although his father
had always treated him and his three brothers, Widmark, O'Brian, and Holliman, as nothing more than ranchhands, never showing them sympathy or understanding, Wagner claimed responsibility for the raid to save Tracy, whom he really loved. Now, Wagner returns to the ranch intent on punishing his
brothers for rebelling against Tracy, precipitating a fatal stroke. Wagner's mother, Jura...