Parmalee sends Joe, Chad, and the ailing Reese to Grover's Bend to protect a pacifist group that happens to be sheep herders in cattle country. One of the cattlemen, Ed Garmes hires Aces Brady's gang to force the group out but has second thoughts because of his interest in Della Snilly. She is very attractive and takes Reese who has a bad back under her wing trying to convince him non-violence is the solution especially since he can't fight. When the threats to leave don't work, the thugs decide to become more violent. Joe and Chad start arresting the thugs one by one forcing the gang to try to take them out trapping them in the Sheriff's office. When Garmes tries to make a move on Della, she knocks him out and Reese's back clears up letting him return to his old self to help Joe and Chad.