Yuma is in a town where the people's failure to accept the war's outcome encourages a boy's desire to seek revenge for his father's death in the war. Yuma relates a tale of Yuma's struggle with the outcome at Appomattox to dissuade the boy.
Jeremy Hake receives news that his mine is worthless at the same time news that his family is in need. Hake commits murder in a robbery attempt to help his family. Hake asks Yuma to surrender him for reward offered for the murder.
Yuma stops at a bar where a bounty hunter is holding the wife of a criminal to attract the criminal. The bounty hunter detains Yuma whose resemblance to the criminal motivates the bounty hunter to develop an alternative plan.
Yuma's friend Jim Colburn has been found innocent of a murder for which is was to hang. Before the news of innocence has arrived, Colburn has escaped from jail with a posse unaware of Colburn's innocence in pursuit.
Yuma arrives at a scene where Demetria's family escort has been wiped out and she despairs there is no respectable escort to deliver her to an arranged marriage but her expressed feelings for Yuma contradict her despair.
Yuma happens upon a scene where Roy Shandel murders his partner to keep the money from a stage robbery. Yuma nabs Shandel and delivers him to the Socorro jail but Shandel's father uses nitroglycerin to force the son's release.
After his horse is killed by Apaches, Yuma is found by a stagecoach driver. On the stage is Travers who is blind and tormented by a previous stagecoach encounter with Apaches in which his wife was killed when they were left by a driver.
John Sims, a family friend, saves Yuma from an attack by Indians at Yuma's campsite and implores Yuma as payment for saving the lives of Yuma and for once saving the life of Yuma's father to track Masi and take Masi's scalp .
Yuma stops to visit Dunsen who arrives in town and commences to randomly shoot townspeople. The townspeople believe Dunsen's war service has driven him mad and want to kill Dunsen but deputy Maggio permits Yuma to talk Dunsen to sanity.
Yuma aids Ulysses engaged in a gun battle and accompanies Ulysses back to his camp where Yuma learns that Ulysses is in the habit of offering the a chest with two hundred dollars to any man who will marry his daughter Felicity.
The Stellings have been left behind by townspeople fleeing hostile Indians. A group of Mexican insurgents lead by the demagogic Commandante and bent on enforcing Spanish Land Grants arrive in town to take advantage of the situation.
When Yuma arrives to give Laura Buford the affects of her father, Yuma learns that she is being forced into the marriage to the younger Kincaid of a family that exerts their will by brutality and fear so Yuma vows to stop the marriage.
George Campbell whose brother Campbell believes Yuma killed in the war and his son provoke a gun battle with Yuma in which Yuma kills the son but is wounded. Godfather John Sims then comes to help Yuma escape from the town's vengeance.
A newswoman observes Yuma defending a boy against an adult bully and to carry out her boss' directive promotes Yuma has the typical Western hero in a news story much to the Yuma's displeasure and a detriment to his safety.
Yuma is chosen to by an esteemed but unethical itinerant actress to take part in her performance and, while Yuma and she dispute wages, they are kidnapped by a man who demands that the actress performs for his traumatized daughter.
Yuma arrives in a town in which an old friend of his father is sheriff and learns an advance team of marauders which includes a man who killed Yuma's father has arrived but none of townspeople including the sheriff want to defend the town.
Yuma rescues Sutro who is staked to an ant hill when Sutro tells Yuma he is responsible for the rescued but Sutro wants to rob Yuma's peacefully reclusive and scholarly friend Portal of an imagined fortune of gold.
Elderly Kiowa Sammy Hart is believed to have kidnapped a boy who has actually gone willing to stay with Hart in his last hours but the father is on the hunt with malicious intent while Yuma intervenes.
Yuma is forced to kill outlaw Fallow in a gunfight and then learns Fallow has a deaf mute son. Yuma proceeds to help the boy find a home but two of Fallow's associates are on the trail to take the boy to recover loot that Fallow held.
An embittered confederate prison camp survivor talks cash short Yuma into a card bet of two weeks servitude on the man's property. When Yuma loses the bet, he learns that service must be under the prison camp conditions the man suffered.
Emily who awaits the return of her beau from prison befriends Johnny but Emily 's brother Vergil is bent on revenge against the beau who has killed Vergil's son for which Vergil convinced the town to wrongfully convict the beau for murder.
Yuma joins in an uneasy voluntary alliance of two other men to bring back from Mexico to testify in a bank failure scheme the fugitive bank president for whom the other two hold other unrelated animosity.
Three murderous stage robbers when fooled that a mining executive carries the mine payroll propose to hold the man's son for delivery of the payroll but a saloon girl takes the son's place at which time Yuma pursues the outlaws.
Seeking water, Yuma is forced to side with two brothers who are in a stand off with a better fortified and supplied uncle and cousin, a pair which have betrayed the two brothers' father and brother after a bank robbery.
Yuma strays into Mexico and becomes a witness to a conflict between a successful matador who is grooming his son to become a matador and his mother, the son's fiancée and the son himself whose wishes are against the plan.
Because he has been a member of secret group during the war, Yuma is enlisted as one of the members of the group to ensure Jefferson Davis' safety upon his prison release but one of the members means Davis harm.
When the posse chasing Ben White and his gang capture White's wife, Yuma is given the task of taking the wife to a town jail while the posse follows a false lead but the treachery of White's wife places Yuma in a precarious situation.
When Yuma stops to see Coley Wilks, a pal from a union POW camp, Yancey Daggett takes Coley hostage to exchange for his brother who is in jail to hang where Coley's brother is sheriff and Yuma is sent to negotiate the deal.
A Shoshone chief keeps three prisoners in exchange for three braves held in jail who have been killed but, since the braves have killed a white woman, the chief agrees that just two hostages will be executed and Yuma must decide who.