Dave Harmon is a United States Marshall, who has been sent by the governor to the territory of Yuma. It seems that the law is not welcomed there; every Marshall that's been sent has been chased out. But Harmon is a different story. Upon arriving, he encounters two drunks and asks them to come with him to cool off. One of them pulls a gun on him, and shoots. Harmon, with no other choice shoots back. He is told that the man he killed is the brother of Arch King, a powerful man, who adheres to only one law, his. Later that evening someone breaks into the jail, and lets the other man out, and shoots him with Harmon's gun. It seems, that the other man is also, King's brother. Most people think that Harmon shot him, but a Mexican boy whom Harmon allowed to sleep on the floor of the jail, said that it was two men, and that one of them is a soldier. Harmon is then visited by King, and is told that unless he can prove that he was not the one who killed his brother, King will be back and will deal with him in his own way. Harmon then rides out to the army fort to tell them that one of their soldiers, was one of the men who killed his prisoner. Harmon is not well received by the army. Years ago, his Family was killed, and he believes that soldiers were involved. So wherever he is assigned, it's always near an army fort or base.