Lloyd Bridges plays an ex-GI, Frank Pryor, who arrives in London to visit a wartime girlfriend, whom he hasn’t seen in six years. His arrival at the airport coincides with a man being killed by a sniper, and he finds himself to be a suspect.
In the years following the Civil War, Kansas is in the middle of a difficult time. homesteaders are moving into the west, trying to start new lives, and are going head to head against cattlemen who have been settled in that territory for years. In Abilene, one of the biggest cattle towns of the west, the town is on the brink of a confrontation between the cattlemen and the homesteaders.