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.
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.