Following the end of the Civil War, a burned out soldier vows to never shoot another human being in this western. En route to his Missouri home, he stops in a town controlled by a powerful land baron. While there a newspaper publisher is murdered after he prints articles criticizing the local magnate. Unable to ignore the injustice, he again picks up his gun and kills the evil land-owner and his gang. This earns him the town's gratitude and the love of the late publisher's daughter.