Micah Ellis with his son Clipper and daughter Becky are run out of Laramie for causing a fight and cheating leaving their Uncle Clemmet in jail on a minor charge. The group of vagabonds are headed for Medicine Bow and on the way are befriended when their wagon breaks down by Randy and Jennifer. They are looking for a steer Clipper shot that had broken its leg. Jennifer asks The Virginian to hire the men for the ranch and Becky to help Jennifer. The Virginian personally questions their motives but he finds they work hard. The kids enjoy the honest work but are bored since Clipper is used to gambling and Becky is used to singing in saloons . Their father unknown to them plots to rustle cattle from Shiloh with their uncle who found them at Shiloh after being released from jail. They mess up his plans when they decide to leave Shiloh feeling they don't belong there. The day they leave Clemmet shoots Randy when caught with stolen cattle causing The Virginian to question all their motives ...