although some question his guilt, a man is hanged in Medicine Bow when a woman denies being with him at the time. A stranger with many talents arrives in Medicine Bow taking a job at Shiloh who takes a keen interest in the main players.
A man at the unfinished White Wing cabin on Shiloh asks Judge Garth to meet him. Garth tells The Virginian the troubled history of his arrival at Shiloh. Garth's future with Betsy is threaten by the man and his desire for revenge.
The ranchers losing cattle with homesteaders the prime suspects nearly hang an innocent man. The Judge's decision to apply the law of the range to the suspected cattle thieves drives a wedge into the loyalty of his foreman.
Judge Garth has a visitor from South America who inherited a critical piece of property in the middle of Shiloh used to move cattle. When he learns Garth has held back information on it, he decides to put crippling pressure on Garth.
A timid easterner and his wife arrive in Medicine Bow looking for a job as a teacher. Two escaped convicts come through Medicine Bow taking the new teacher, his wife, and students hostage while The Virginian is the temporary sheriff.
The Fourth of July finds Judge Garth, Steve and Trampas in Casper, Wyoming to pick up a bed for Betsy. The Judge meets a friend wrestling in a title match and Steve becomes infatuated with a girl. Intrigue follows.
Trampas and Steve decide to join up with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Comedy ensues with the boys wanting to do it their way. The Virginian shows up and among other things shows the easterners how to "play" polo western style.
The Virginian, Trampas, and Steve are capturing wild horses in the mountains for sale to the Army. The Kroeger clan claims all horses as theirs. When Kroeger can't scare the Virginian out, he resorts other tactics.
The Judge, believing violence in the West is disappearing, creates a rift with the Virginian when he stops a violent fight involving the Virginian. When the Judge is kidnapped, the Virginian goes to his rescue from violent captors anyway.
Trampas becomes involved with 3 good old fun loving guys. The four of them meet up with a gang of real bad guys. When Trampas and friends volunteer to go after the bad guys they get an awakening from the townsfolk.
Tabby McCallum, beautiful but cruel teenage daughter of Tucker McCallum, is banned by the Virginian from Shiloh after she kills a steer by "mistake". With the unwitting help of her fiancé, Dan Flood, Tabby sets off a tragic set of events.
An old cowhand and a "greenhorn" join the Shiloh hands for a cattle drive to Moose Jaw, Canada. The old and young cowhand plan a future of running cattle together. The story culminates with a sheriff looking for one of the 2 new friends.
An old maid bank teller who decides it is time to provide for herself identifies Trampas as a bank robber and murderer in order to extort $10,000 from the actual thief. The Virginian is the only thing between Trampas and the hangman's noose.
A seaman moving to Wyoming meets twin sisters traveling there with Trampas. When he takes an interest in one of them, she makes a tragic request of him that reveals not only to him but Judge Garth the true nature of the twins relationship.