Wishbone quits the cattle drive because he falls in love with a family of three boys and an abused wife. The wife shoots her drunken husband when he starts beating Wishbone, who takes responsibility for the shooting to protect her.
Wishbone, the cook, is buying supplies for the cattle drive that is about to begin in a few days. A young boy steals a sack of food, and Wishbone follows him home, where he discovers the boy's injured mother, Mrs. Harmon (Barbara Barrie), who had been beaten and abused by now-missing drunken husband. Kindly Wishbone takes it upon himself to be a substitute father, caring for Mrs. Harmon while she heals, feeding the boys, buying presents and even cleaning the house. He seems to slowly develop an unstated romantic interest in the woman. He tells ramrod Rowdy that he is quitting the cattle drive! When Paul, the drunken husband, returns, he learns about Wishbone, looks for him and starts beating him. The woman has no choice but to shoot Paul. Being protective of Mrs. Harmon, Wishbone says he did the shooting, and he offers to bribe the only witness to back-up Wishbone's version. Even though he is facing jail time if convicted, to get money for the bribe, Wishbone agrees to re-join for ... Written by