During a church social dance in Medicine Bow Clay Grainger makes a deal to buy a pair of geldings from Ben Thomas who uses Mr. Connor to drive up the price. After buying the horses, Clay decides to ride one home. Along the way he is kidnapped for a $20,000 ransom and a threat of burning Medicine Bow by three men from the San Francisco Hounds gang. The gang originated in Australia but were expelled from the country. They hold Clay in a pit inside an abandoned mine. The gang leader's wife Mag from Louisville, Kentucky tries to leave them and eventually makes her way to Shiloh to help Holly but the leader of the gang, Connor, wants her back. Due to the danger to Clay and Medicine Bow The Virginian and the Sheriff decide it is too dangerous to send out a posse. The Virginian and Jim Horn try searching as if they were herding cattle. During the search Connor contacts The Virginian with a note from Clay to which Connor adds the requirement to send his wife with the ransom. Holly is forced ...