While returning to Shiloh, Steve, Trampas, and The Virginian encounter Martin Reese with his pet chimp. Martin is promoting the idea that people should be vegetarians which is not a popular idea in cattle country. The trio befriend Martin when a man threatens to shoot the chimp. Later the man is found dead and Martin is blamed for it resulting in a posse on his trail. Continuing on the trip the trio encounter Ellen Beecher and a large group of orphans she is escorting to an orphanage unknown to the kids. She supports them via readings including Oliiver Twist. The trio knowing her and the kids have met Martin decide to help and protect the group. The Virginian finds Martin who says he is innocent and while Steve and Trampas decide to find families to adopt the kids but are unsuccessful. They come to realize Martin is innocent and that he and Ellen have a special relationship with the orphans and each other but they have to resolve the murder and feelings of the locals.
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Tane Cain, daughter of Doug McClure and former wife of Journey's Jonathan Cain, appears as one of the children (Betty). Tane scored a Top 40 hit in 1982. See more