Favor pushes the men hard to shake out those who won't make it. This time the old hands may be the ones who can't cut it compared to a group of young and eager hands he hired. The old hands quit and the new hands show how green they are.
Starting a new cattle drive, Trail Boss Favor seems to do everything wrong in "shaking down" the drovers. He disaffects everyone with his arduous, heartless, insulting orders and behavior towards the men, especially after he hires on some new young, enthusiastic, callow drovers. As he watches the men work Favor begins to realize that some of the older drivers may be beyond their prime for the job and could hurt or kill themselves or the herd. When Quince allows a group of cattle to wonder off because he fell asleep in the saddle, Favor decides it is time to let him go. The old drovers (except Wishbone, Mushy and Hey Soos) quit the drive as a result. With the old drovers gone, Favor sees the new drovers mismanage tasks resulting in the loss of cattle. When a cougar stalks the herd, one of the drovers fires a gun causing a stampede. Favor puts everyone in the saddle telling them to head the herd north but not knowing better they turn the herd - back home to where they came from. With ... Written by