An illegitimate drifter (Audie Murphy) inherits a ranch and comes to terms with his past.
Chip (John Dehner), a ranch foreman, approaches aimless hard-drinker Matt Brown (Audie Murphy) in a New Mexico bar. The owner of Chip's ranch has died and left Matt his land, thinking the troubled drifter may be his long-estranged son. Initially, Matt plans on selling the ranch, but then decides to keep it, hoping to impress his ex-lover, Janet (Terry Moore). The ranch, however, turns out to be in foreclosure, forcing Matt and Chip to come up with a plan to pay off their debt to the bank.