Egan is unjustly scorned after killing his gang leader, a man the public wrongly perceived as a hero. He is so disliked that a ballad is written about him, "The Ballad of Wes Tancred," which plays wherever he goes. When he comes into Table Rock, he finds that the town's sheriff,
Mitchell, is badly in need of some assistance (and courage) in handling a rowdy gang of trail herders. Egan brings peace to the town but also falls in love with Malone, the sheriff's wife, leaving her and Table Rock at the finale. This moody western pays more attention to atmosphere than anything
else, which isn't necessarily bad.