Western starring Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. Senator William Tadlock (Douglas) sets out from Missouri with the help of scout Dick Summers (Mitchum) to travel west where he hopes to start a new settlement with his family in Oregon. The journey is anything but pleasant for those who agreed to join the trail as Tadlock exerts his own brand of brutal justice on them as their leader. When newlywed Johnnie (Michael Witney) accidentally kills a Sioux chief's son, Tadlock orders him to be hanged, making a widow of his wife Amanda (Katherine Justice). Tadlock's brand of frontier justice sees him clash with the other travellers, culminating in a deadly climax as tensions boil over.