Scipio Gaines is an escaped slave who has been living among the Indians for years. When a government official shows up Scipio is prepared to giving up his freedom, not knowing much has changed in the ensuing years.
Jim Campbell has a rival in Lt. Harper for pretty newcomer Elsie's affections. He and his friends pretend to be rogue warriors to frighten the cavalryman but create a problem between the soldiers and Indians. It takes all of Jim's ingenuity to fix the situation.
This is about real life attorney George Graham Vest (December 6, 1830 - August 9, 1904) who was also later a U.S. Congressman from Missouri. The story is about a man who is sued by a boy for shooting his dog named Old Drum on October 18, 1869. Vest's, "a man's best friend" closing arguments from the trial became more famous than Vest himself. Starring future Governor of California and President of The U.S. Ronald Reagan as George Graham Vest.
Andy Carter collects items cast off from wagon trains and then sales them. Mary Ann recognizes a family heirloom and demands it back but Andy insists she work for it's value. Left together they find they have more in common than not.
Colonel Hunter, a former Confederate officer returns to Texas to call on Kathy McLennan, the wife of a dead soldier who had been killed while serving under him during the Civil War. He discovers that the widow and other ranchers in the valley had been cheated by a wealthy cattle baron who gave them legally unclaimable IOUs in when purchasing their stock. Hunter tries to reason with the cattle baron, but when this fails devises a tactic to recover the money stolen from them.
A town drunk and a businessman from a small town make a trip to San Francisco to buy a bell for the new Church In Volcano, California. While on the way back the businessman gets sick in Sacramento and the drunk is supposed to take the bell alone to Volcano but hatches a plan to steal it and go back to Frisco and sell it. Along the way a bandito tries to rob him and steal the bell, but the bandito who was going to kill the drunk, realizes who the bell is for, and allows the drunk to go on his way as the Preacher was kind to him. This makes the drunk change his ways and...
Jeb Slade talks his brother Billy into helping him rob Aaron Winters, who is wealthy from his borax findings. They fail and while Aaron escorts Billy to the authorities, he learns the type of character the young man has.
Librarian and part-time poet Ina Coolbrith takes precocious but intelligent young street waif Dorita under her wing. As their relationship grows Ina finds that a locket means more to her fulfillment than any literary renown.
Reverend Ben Darniell believes he should practice what he preaches, and he refuses to resort to violence in the face of opposition. But he finds a minister in Carson City must be prepared to fight for those who cannot defend themselves.