While returning from Mexico on business for Shiloh, The Virginian is shot by a rustler while crossing a large Texas ranch. He is rescued by rancher Al Keets and his wife May. Being so remote they host The Virginian while he recovers. The rescue of The Virginian interrupted May's attempt to leave with their son Jimmy to go back to the civilized east. May loves Al but Al won't recognize it believing that she married him for his money to help her father. The problem carries over to how both want to treat their son Jimmy. After sizing up The Virginian, Keets wants The Virginian as his foreman or as a partner. Especially after he sees the way Keets' men shoot up the rustler who shot The Virginian respectfully declines the offer. When The Virginian leaves, May asks him to take Jimmy on a short outing while she prepares for his birthday as she plans another escape. However, the event goes wildly askew when Al sends him men after Jimmy and two hands decide to kidnap Jimmy making it look like ...