A census taker (MacArthur) wanders into a bar in a small Texas town. There, the bartender (O'Connell) tells him a story which becomes the body of the film. Connors plays a man of the 1880s. He marries Hays but it soon becomes apparent this is not a marriage of love. Rather, Connors has
married Hays in order to get at her sick aunt's money. Connors runs off from the town but returns 11 years later. He's met outside the town by Rennie, a banker, and his two henchmen, Bixby and Merrill. Despite the $17,000 Connors has earned from buffalo hunting, the trio think he's a rustler. In a
particularly graphic scene, Connors is held down and sadistically branded with a "T." C...