Paladin reads a newspaper article describing a brutal killing. After capturing the fugitive he goes to a small Texas town to catch a train north with his prisoner. Paladin has his hands full as the townspeople are out to liven up what would have been just another quiet night.
After one of the townspeople shoot and kill his prisoner, Paladin vows they will all pay. Is he seeking revenge for losing a prisoner or trying to take those that did it into custody for the justice they felt they had already handed out?
Paladin receives a desperate plea from an unidentified woman to meet in Patchwork Junction. With the note is his retainer - a diamond brooch with a purported appraised value of $2000 - that's made of paste! When he arrives he finds himself being drawn into some old prejudices between a cattle baron from the north and a cotton farmer from the south.
Paladin receives a reply from a telegram he sent regarding a wanted man with a $5000 reward on his head. He has competition but when he catches up to him he finds a man who's slave past is what really may have made him an outlaw.
Paladin's services are sought to collect cattle taxes in a small Oregon town. It's difficult going as most of the citizens have never voted or paid taxes before. One hitch - most of the cattle has been rustled from someone else.
A snow blizzard strands Paladin, a marshal and his prisoner at a cabin. Horseless and wounded they must try to get the prisoner to jail before he can talk his way out of his shackles. But what puzzles Paladin is why the prisoner was caught in the first place when he could have easily avoided capture.
Paladin reads of an old sheriff friend in Texas from a newspaper article of two escapees just convicted of murder they said they only meant as a fandango. The brother of the deceased is a known gunman and will kill these boys even if Paladin tries to get in the way.
Paladin rides into an Arkansas town where they are about to have a hanging. He finds a man, a doctor, who's crime is that he mended an outlaw's wounds and that outlaw then shot the deputy who was pursuing him. Standing in as the defendant's lawyer, Paladin decides to use a few methods of his own while he waits for the federal judge - prevarication, procrastination and chicanery.
Paladin is hired to retrieve a stolen gold bar taken from a bank before the state examiner comes Monday. When he catches up to the clerk who took it, complications ensue and instead helps him put the bar back.
In Temple City, Danceman prohibits guns, killing any gunmen he encounters. When Paladin visits his pal Cus Mincus, the beefy Danceman doesn't exempt the Man in Black, informing him that 'nobody owns life, we just rent it'. Fortune teller Madmoiselle Destin warns Paladin to leave.
The Water Bugs gang poison water unless settlers pay protection. One gang member lolls in the new jail the town is proud of, but unfortunately, the door hasn't been delivered yet. Paladin plans to earn the reward offered by local citizens. But does besieged Apache Junction want justice or vengeance ?
Paladin is hired to try anything short of killing a silver miner. His only shortcoming: comes to town twice a year, gets drunk and tears up the town. He's willing to do just that but it must be his way with no interference from the town.
After responding to an item in the local newspaper, Paladine takes the Overland stage to Bracketville to see DeWitt about his unruly son. For his fee, he is to kidnap the boy, take him to another town where some friends will sit on him until he cools down. Then he finds the son just rode in on the stage with him and is the new attorney. When he is killed, Paladin must shoot it out with the marshal or himself be killed.
Paladin is hired by an Austrian prince (wishing to remain anonymous), to escort him to the Mexican border. When he thinks better of taking the job and is beaten up, he changes his mind for no other reason than to protect the young prince.
Paladin responds to a note he receives that says a man who single-handedly captured the Stoner gang has refused to go after the Bradley gang after they shot up and robbed the Big Oak bank. Little does anyone know the true reasons that man won't do as expected may get Paladin killed.
On his way to Santa Fe to collect a $2500 reward, Paladin is attacked and nearly killed by a puma. Nearly unconscious, two men walk up and deciding that he won't make it, take his horse, guns and money and ride off. He staggers to the nearest town only to discover that the information he gathered about these men could apply to most of the town. Now how will get back his property!
In taking a commission, Paladin travels to Deerfield. There he immediately falls afoul of a young, abusive ranch hand. After being put in his place, he recruits two coworkers to help him do likewise to Paladin.
Men scavenge for whatever they can along the trail that may or may not lead to gold. When Paladin finds himself on the same path, he has to be careful lest he fall prey to those same men. When his gun and all other goods are stolen, he makes an atlatl to defend himself, regain some his possessions, and save his life.
A friend asks Paladin to inspect his vineyards in Sonoma, to see what is happening to the taste of his wine. Outside Johnsonville, a woman is digging a grave. When he stops, she asks for his help to avenge the deceased.
Paladin responds to an ad offering a $2000 reward for the twins who killed two deputies and wounded four bystanders. He captures one; the other is already dead "of natural causes." But he has difficulty returning him when the town is quarantined due to possible diphtheria outbreak, and he as well as his prisoner may be infected.
Paladin takes a $500 stagecoach ride with an embezzler, a convicted cutthroat, an adulteress and a murderer to collect the other half of that bill. He runs into a Mexican bandit bent on knowing who among them is responsible for the death of the wife of one of his men. Good thing his name is Solomon.
Paladin urges a momma's boy farmer to win back his wayward mail-order bride, by besting party-animal neighbor Rud Saxon in a dance contest. The meek farm-boy hired Paladin to teach him to outdraw the usurper, but Paladin convinces him that he can win her Greek heart with his feet.
Paladin crosses paths with Sarah Gibbs on her way to see her husband's hanging for a crime he did commit. A proper burial is all she is seeking but she has a paper that says she can't even visit him. When one deputy wants to just drop the bodies in the mine, there is a tug of conscience between the relatives, Sarah and Paladin.
Ben Jalisco, a bounty hunter with 34 credited kills, has broken out of prison, the same one Paladin helped put him in. Paladin heads to Texas to Ben's wife who helped put him away six years ago and is feared to be the target of his wrath.
Edna Raleigh hires Paladin to return Bram Holden for the murder of her husband. When Paladin crosses paths with a deranged prospector in the desert, he must deal with the notion he has his long lost brother who stole his wife.
Paladin receives a telegram from the heirs to the Caloca fortune requesting he come and help retrieve their father before he is injured or worse, killed. What he hasn't been told is the son hopes he will kill him, one knight to another, as their father believes he is Don Quixote himself whose only wish is to achieve knighthood.
Two years ago the Cattleman's Association put a bounty of $500 on a rustler who was never caught. Now they don't want him pursued but a bounty hunter, who seems to only care about, doesn't know or maybe he doesn't care.
Paladin is sent $100 and told there are 9 more like it. When he arrives in the town, the sender is dead and he finds himself in a high stakes poker game for a silver strike with the man who killed him.
Paladin wants to pay off a debt to a man whose brother feels he needs to remove some squatters from some land he owns. For $1,000 he will do just that. When the landowner goes too far, he changes his mind.