After local boozing champ Big Fontana cheats Paladin in a drink-off, sickly Boise Peabody convinced he'll die by morning, challenges the sneaky fast draw to a shootout. Paladin helped Boise hide from fellow miners who are so lonely for female company they want Boise to dress up like a woman. The dying Boise realizes he's been afraid all his life, so decides he'll go out like a lion.
Paladin goes after a wagon-master who led the massacre of his own wagon train. Rusty Doggett hides out in a town entirely populated by wanted outlaws. Finding someone to betray Doggett in the Bide-a-Wee Saloon is no problem, but crossing the death-line with his prisoner is very tricky. How much justice can Paladin bargain for in Hell ?
General Ortega hires Paladin to recover $16 million in French bonds. Where they are and who has them is already known. The aristocrats who have them will not give them to one they consider a tyrant and Paladin must intervene if he hopes to save their lives.
Paladin is lured to Oregon under the pretense of a widow in distress. The real reason is to engage him in a deadly hunt with a bored prince. The winner takes all; including a large purse and his own life.
Paladin rides upon Buddy Webster's mining camp, who needs a big favor. He has been prospecting for gold dust the last five years. He asks Paladin to help him get to Jackson City to find a girl he believes is waiting for him. With Paladin's help, this young miner quickly learns the ways of the world.
Sam Keel sends for Paladin regarding an urgent matter - he intends to collect winnings on a pyramid scheme for which he feels he already knows the winner. For his usual fee of $1,000, all he has to do is find him. But he has recently gone missing and all the people he questions wind up dead.
After a 4 state murder/rape spree, the Wilder Brothers head back to Texas for trial, under Paladin's gun. The slimy pair assure Paladin they have plenty of relatives stationed along the way from Dakota Territory, who'll be delighted to pick off the man in black, because he kills for money, Wilders just kill for fun.
A lawman for 23 years, Jim Buell has always done what he believed was right. Taking in Davy Walsh for shooting at his jail while drunk seemed just that. Paladin risks his life to make sure a reputation is not smeared and an innocent man is brought to justice.
With no help from local law enforcement, a writer hires Paladin to find her fiancé; in the roughest gutter on the Barbary coast. When they find him, the bet to win him back may be more than the writer can afford to lose or win.
A daughter hires Paladin to help her look for an old friend of his - her mother. She wants to know more about her past and especially her nickname but he won't discuss it until they arrive in Codyville, Arizona; where she was last seen.
Paladin rides upon Moses Kadish who shoots him off his horse. When he awakens Moses asks him to help stop his drinking until his wife returns in a few days. Only thing is, the water pump doesn't put out water but whiskey.
Paladin is asked to look for a missing brother, no matter the cost. When he finds out he's been missing for seven years, he accepts this task even though it will take him into the hostile Indian territory of the Nez Perce.
Alfred Nobel, staying at the Carlton, enlists the aid of resident Paladin to recover a mixed up shipment of mineral oil with his more potent nitroglycerin. He has little time as his stable mixture has been made unstable and highly explosive - and time is running out.
Tully Coombs wires Paladin. He wants his infamous father to give him 160 acres to start a family. The father only wants to give it all to the best man of his two sons - the way Darwin describes in his famous book.
Gavin O'Shea, revered in his homeland, appeals to any Irishman listening to help by providing money for his cause. When two brothers help him out by breaking the law Paladin must think fast to prevent one of them from swinging from a rope.
Paladin travels to Santa Fe on a personal errand - to purchase one of the last authentic pieces of early Santa Clara pottery. On his return, he rides into a town that has a resident practical joker whose wife enlists/hires him to stop her husband from playing one too many jokes on a local gambler.
Protecting the current administration from low gossip and sensationalism, Paladin is asked to discreetly bring the Secretary's son to justice for murder. Some old friends try to prevent this but soon learn where Billy's loyalties truly lie.
A gold shipment is thrown into Crystal Lake to thwart robbers. The lake is too deep to salvage it so Paladin tries to assist with the help of inventions by Da Vinci and Nobel. But times running out as the robbers have an eye on him and the owner just wants to keep everyone off his property so he can catch a fish.
Paladin is assaulted in his room at the Hotel Carlton. In a furious fight, he beats down his attacker, Roderick Jefferson. The young man, it turns out, had gambling debts he couldn't repay; the holder of his gambling IOUs wanted Jefferson to kill Paladin. This spurs Paladin to tell Jefferson of a similar occurrence -- involving himself 10 years earlier. As that story unfolds, we learn that Paladin (whose real name we're never told) owed $15,000 to Norge. Paladin's only way out was to go to a valley, entirely owned by Norge, to challenge the mysterious Smoke to a duel....
A hen-pecked rancher, in San Francisco to marry his housekeeper, hires Paladin to help him get out doing so. For $1.000 he wants him to help break up the holy bonds of matrimony - before they can be forged. What he attempts to do is not quite what either of them had bargained for.
After eight years, Paladin tries to repay a convict for the lie he was told when he arrested him. "I promise you a fair trial" is what he said. The old man who turned that into a lie still wants him dead even from the grave. So he sends five to avenge him - or was it only four?
A newspaper article and some money, sent to Paladin, tells of a Sheriff who is retiring. His reputation with a gun brings out those with a grudge or wanting to just make a name for themselves. Now he must find whoever sent it to him so he can help that sheriff before it is too late.
Paladin rides upon a man named Stryker hanging from a tree. When he learns Paladin is after the same man but with a warrant, he says he has stronger reasons and hopes he won't get in his way. Later Paladin helps the man, now wounded and in his custody, get to what he remembers as a friendly place called Sky Blue.
Repaying a debt, Paladin rides to Valley Heart. Sheriff Reagan awaits the return of a native son who has been jailed for the past six years. The sheriff's wife was once this native son's girlfriend, and he has vowed to see Reagan dead for taking her from him.
Paladin is after a man suspected of killing a marshal. After finally capturing him in the desert he claims his innocence. But he finds he may have to enlist his aid as they are without a horse, almost out of water and a group of bandit marauders are nearby.
Hogtooth gets more ridicule than usual, when 3 gunmen take over the town, after cleaning it up. Each was hired in secret by a town council member, so the enforcers band together to suck Hogtooth dry. Hey Boy spots an article about the dilemma, and tells Mr. Paladin he's needed.
Paladin's old army scout buddy is now the town marshal with his own rules. He has become an overbearing tyrant. The new lady saloon owner challenges his authority and Paladin notices the marshal's one weakness- women.
A doctor who once saved Paladin's life calls upon him to find and safely bring back the son of a one-time sweetheart.The young man has "taken to the hills" to track down his father's killer.Paladin locates the headstrong youth and his prey but finds the return trip will not be easy-the wanted man has four trailing confederates.
Paladin meets a drunken Col Lacey at the Carlton. He is there fearful of going home to his lovely wife after being away for some time seeking his fortune. Will she be as loving and faithful as he has been? Paladin decides to help him find out, regardless of the consequences.
Adams, the prosecutor, wants to hire Paladin to rid the town of someone he says is getting away with murder. When this person is tried for a killing Paladin witnesses, he offers his services as defense when no one else wants the job.
Paladin rides into a Texas town at Christmas time and encounters a saloon full of merrymakers. Soon afterward a cowboy brings in a pregnant girl who may not survive the impending birth. The town doctor is down for his annual drunken stupor. Paladin tries to enlist help but the the patrons would rather party.
Jess Harden, about to be released from prison for an $80K robbery he says he didn't commit, returns to the same town not knowing that it's a ghost town. He plans to meet his wife there. She wants Paladin there as well to ward off anyone who believes he does have the money after all.