The Virginian encounters a stranger, Garrison, on a trip when both are victims of separate robberies by the same trio of outlaws. Garrison is very standoffish with everyone. Several of the Shiloh hands go to town to celebrate the engagement of Sam Marish to Sue Willis, the daughter of neighboring rancher Arthur Willis. A drunk Sam asks Garrison to drink with him but Garrison declines and eventually punches the aggressive Sam. Garrison tries to find a job in Medicine Bow but is rejected due to his personality. However, The Virginian finds him a reliable person and hires him at Shiloh. When Sam Marish is murdered and Willis is shot and robbed, Garrison is thought by the community to be guilty based on his actions and the fact he was at Willis' home alone delivering a bill of sale to Willis from Grainger. The local newspaper reporter Laura doesn't help when she writes a column all but declaring Garrison guilty to the dismay of The Virginian. However, The Virginian is not so sure but the ...