When he is appointed to the Senate, Foster Bonham decides to sell his ranch to Shiloh. The Virginian is sent to check the ranch to see if it meets the needs of the Shiloh ranch for grazing.His arrival at the Bonham ranch starts with a warning shot and a warning from Jack Bonham to leave. At the ranch house he meets Foster Bonham who has the controlling interest in the ranch and his wife Rachel. When Jack arrives, The Virginian learns who he is and that the two brothers are fighting over the ranch as Foster believes Jack will lose the ranch due to his drinking. Foster's drunken, irresponsible brother Jack is determined to stop the sale any way he can. While inspecting the ranch, The Virginian stops at a small homestead due to his lame horse where he finds the wife knows him from her days as a saloon girl in Medicine Bow. When she is murdered, the Virginian searches for Jack who had threatened her , and Foster must decide between his brother and his Senate seat.