Rowdy rescues a nester from a rancher's men as the nester refuses to fight. The drovers are drawn into the conflict with the rancher deciding to block Favor's herd as well. However, high water threatens everyone in the valley.
Rowdy saves a treed nester from pistol-happy ranch hands, drawing the ramrod into a 1-sided range war. Rowdy takes Higgins to his home where Higgins lives with his daughter Sarah, son Prescott and 19 year old apprentice Grover. Higgins, a silversmith, refuses to leave Paradise Valley, run by the fearsome Johanson clan, but the New Englander doesn't cotton with gun-play. Meanwhile, Harry Johanson rides into the drover's camp looking for Rowdy who is missing. He tells Favor to be sure his men stay out of the fight. Favor has a river with high water and more on the way to cross. Johanson bars Favor's cattle-drive from crossing through his big, unhappy valley, so how can reasonable Favor prevent a wicked blood bath? Favor sends Wishbone and Quince to Pradise to find Rowdy who has gotten into a fight protecting Higgins. The three of them leave with an unconscious Higgins who they return home. When none of the men return, Favor sends Scarlet and Hey Soos to find them but they don't return ... Written by