The Virginian's friend, Benjy, finds a man Hobey Kendall attacking his wife and threatens to kill him after taking a shot at him. The next day the man is found dead after Benjy left his place. He proclaims innocence but is convicted and sentenced to hang. Benjy says a mountain man with the name Jonah McIntosh was there waiting for Kendall when Benjy left. A local search did not turn up McIntosh. The Virginian leaves to track down the mountain man Benjy says was at the site widening the search. The Virginian tracks down the man he is after, Jonah, but Jonah refuses to return as he committed the murder in self-defense. He plans to kill The Virginian but The Virginian escapes with Jonah as his prisoner. On the way back to Medicine Bow they run into many roadblocks and problems forcing them to ultimately rely on each other.