In 1850s Texas, the Zachary family, led by matriarch Gish and eldest son Lancaster, raises cattle and sporadically battles the Kiowa Indians. One day a ragged stranger, Wiseman, rides through and starts spreading stories about Hepburn, the adopted daughter of Gish, telling neighbors that
Hepburn actually was a Kiowa baby. Wiseman rides off, and before long a party of Kiowa braves shows up, offering to buy back Hepburn. Rebuffed, they content themselves with killing one of her suitors as he rides home one night. Lancaster and brothers Murphy and McClure ride out to bring Wiseman
back, planning to force him to admit he lied. But even with a noose around his neck, Wis...