The pursuit by Sheriff Luke Atwell and Deputy Jesse Markam, is both a quest for justice and for retribution. While tracking down the divided outlaw gang, the lawmen also deal with attacks on a remote trading post, a hired killer, a thwarted stagecoach theft and a bank-robbing theater group.
Meanwhile, Peter Briggs, the in-charge deputy of Planting, faces challenges of his own to keep the peace. Relationships are a part of the story as each of the main characters experiences change—both pleasurable and heartbreaking.
In the final chase, one of the lawmen suffers a life-threatening injury, and then the race is on to save his life.