Ben Cartwright and Adam are going to get hanged for murder. Little Joe and Hoss must find out what really happened and save their lives.
The Cartwrights go to San Francisco and one by one they get Shanghaied and sold off to merchant ships as crew.
Quakers are passing through Virginia City from Ohio. Adam likes the Quakers daughter, but doesn’t know a friend of his is up to no good.
Hoss is trying to help a man who is extremely strong and dangerous when angry, but is chagrined because the man is being manipulated by a woman.
Luke Grayson forces Ben Cartwright to kill him in self defense. Grayson’s son Luke shows up and wants revenge on Ben and is backed up by a hired gun and a saloon girl.
The Cartwrights run across an evil Marshall who thinks violence is an art form. He saves Adam’s life by killing 2 outlaws, but Hoss, Ben, Adam and Little Joe begin to suspect that he’s not all he appears to be.