A Zebulon vigilante group takes Johnny Larkin away for murder. Favor follows to protect Johnny. However, Johnny is hanged and Favor is horsewhipped. Favor returns there alone with revenge on his mind looking for the man called the Major.
Favor seeks vengeance after he is horse-whipped for tying to prevent the lynching of Larkin, one of his drovers, by a hooded band of vigilantes for supposedly murdering a woman in town. After receiving some medical treatment, Favor goes alone after the vigilantes, not only because he thinks Larkin was innocent and illegally hanged, but because he feels humiliated by the public whipping he endured. To discover who the vigilantes are, Favor conducts an investigation which includes questioning the cowardly deputy sheriff (John Lupton). Favor learns that Larkin was guilty after all, but still threatens to kill the head vigilante (Robert Cornthwaite). The vigilantes are about to hang Favor for merely thinking of seeking vengeance when the town-folk start to have second thoughts about condoning the vigilantes. Written by