Budd Boetticher directs this 1950s Western starring Robert Ryan and Rock Hudson. After the Civil War brothers Dan (Ryan) and Neal Drummond (Hudson) return home to their Texas ranch. While Neal is satisfied with the quiet life of running a small ranch, Dan is eager to expand the business and create an empire. When he has a run-in with the ruthless Cord Hardin (Raymond Burr), Dan ends up committing crime in order to fulfil his desire for power. Meanwhile, Neal becomes a lawman and must hold Dan accountable for his crimes.