When Katie Elder passes away her four sons return to their hometown of Clearwater, Texas, to pay their last respects to the woman who bore them. The eldest is Wayne, a tough gunfighter whose reputation precedes him. Next in line is Martin, a roguish gambler, followed by Holliman, the quiet
one in the family, who no man has ever called yellow more than once. Finally there is Anderson, the only family member to attend college and the hope of the clan. It's learned that their father was a drunk and gambled away the family ranch on the night he was killed, leaving their mother broke.
The brothers begin to look into the killing despite warnings to lay off by sheriff Fix...