Fleeing Arizona, gunslinger and cattle rustler Monty Ballou has found his way to just across the border in Utah, at Canyon Walls Ranch. He takes on a new identity, Sam Hill, and becomes the ranch's hired hand, farming and bringing in a rich crop of alfalfa for its widow owner. It also takes no time at all when Monty finds himself attracted towards Rebecca, the daughter of his widow owner employer. Monty resists as best he can the charms of Rebecca while working the ranch. He has now begun a new life at a ranch that needs the touch of a strong man in order to thrive. More importantly, he now has many reasons to live, but will his past catch up to him and bring on dire consequences for everyone at the ranch?