When a stage breaks down, a passenger who is returning home after three years in prison for a crime he said he didn't commit, becomes upset with his treatment. Hardie decides to take a gamble on him with a loan to solve a dispute.
Bob Dawson has been paroled to Jim Hardie and is living at Brisbane, Nebraska where he regales the people with stories he is writing about them. Worried about his stories someone hires Nedy West to kill him and steal his manuscript.
While Jim Hardie is in a town a Choctaw boy shows up with a note from Wells Fargo talking about a boy being ship to his parents from his grandmother. Hardie has to determine if the boy is the boy in the note and where his parents are.
While attempting to deliver a golden owl to its wealthy purchaser, Hardy is attacked and the owl is replaced by one of lead by someone while a Chinese religious society claims the owl was stolen from their temple in China.
After being gunned down by Johnny Reno, Jim Hardie is promoted to District Superintendent but finds he doesn't like office work. He decides to join his replacement to go after Reno. It appears he has an inside source at the El Paso office.
When butch Cassidy is released from prison, Jim Hardie, who sent him to prison, is tasked with asking him to work for Wells Fargo. While on a train, Butch meets an outlaw friend, Idaho, who with others are planning to rob the train.
So that a railroad section through the Dakota Black Hills can be completed, Hardie arrives to negotiate with the Pawnees who have killed a crew's hunter consigning the crew to meager rations and who continually harass the crew.
Hardie arrives in Medicine River to help set up a new office. He is greeted at the office by an employee who is the son of a Cheyenne chief he knew when the boy was young but the locals are unhappy he is to be the driver on the route.
Jim Hardie's task of catching the Manning Brothers is interrupted when his attempt to help a stranded man backfires. The man, John Leslie Nagel, has a $25,000 bounty on him so he trusts no one including Hardie who has no interest in him.
Jim Hardie is sent by Wells Fargo to Comanche, Texasto find the Rucker brothers who are hanging around there. Unknown to Hardie, John Wesley Hardin is there, a cousin to the Rucker brothers and still holding a grudge against Hardie.
Hardie is sent to confer with the Colonel at Fort Chaplin which is closing now that a peace treaty has been signed. Wells Fargo is concerned about a rash of robberies in the area by a gang led by an ex-Army officer who deserted the Army.
Jim Hardie is accompanying a stagecoach carrying a Senator. He has angered the large ranchers in the area with his plan to turn over untitled land to settlers. Three ranchers have hired a gunman to kill the Senator to protect their land.
Wells Fargo is threaten with bankruptcy if they don't find the source of counterfeit Bills of Exchange used to move money. The one man they have caught with them refuses to talk to Hardie forcing him to find the source of them by himself.
Hardie teams up with railroad investigator, Mike Forbes, to solve a robbery of their joint office in Amity, Kansas. As they solve the robbery a second robbery occurs involving a murder and a stabbing causing issues with some Texas cowboys.
Jack Kramer soon to be executed asks Hardy to help his son change his evil tendency in exchange for stolen Wells Fargo gold so Hardy takes the son from an orphanage placing him with a family but Kramer's murderous partner follows.
Jim is going to Dodge to look for two men who robbed Wells Fargo in Yuba City. On the way he helps the Peel family with a broken wheel. In Dodge City Peel's gambling addiction has him losing all his money but it helps Jim solve his case.
Jim Hardie is held up by a family based gang to free a member Jim is cuffed to and transporting to jail. Once the cuffs are cut Jim is able to escape but his prisoner wants revenge against Hardie nor will Hardie leave without his prisoner.
Jim Hardie makes a trip to Oro Gulch to pick up a shipment finding himself riding with a four woman entertainment troupe. The trip seems to be linked to a series of robberies along the way - especially when Jim recognizes one of the women.
Jim Hardie brings a gold shipment into an Army fort under Indian attack. The only commander left alive, a green Lieutenant, is uncertain of his command and doubted by his men. Jim believes helping him will pay off when his true character comes out.