An inspector comes to Virginia City to arrest Ben Cartwright for a 20 year old murder and little Joe is accused of killing his deputy.
Ben and Adam meet an old friend at the stage, Lord Dunsford, whose wife thinks he’s a coward.
Little Joe meets a deaf girl who has a very bad neighbor, and tries to teach her sign language.
Ben Cartwright finds out some men that are on his ranch are army deserters and suspects they have been seriously mistreated by the officer in charge.
The Cartwrights come to the aid of a Chinese man who is wrongly accused of murder, putting themselves at odds with a bigoted politician.