Hollywood legends Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas star on opposite sides of the law in this dramatic tale of justice and forbidden love. Sheriff Dana Stribling (Rock Hudson) hunts down Brendan O'Malley (Kirk Douglas), a hot-headed but affable rogue charged with murder. O'Malley takes refuge in Mexico at the ranch of his former lover Belle Breckenridge (Dorothy Malone), whose husband hires him to drive his herd of cattle to Texas. Stribling agrees to ride along, assuring O'Malley that a hangman's noose waits for him at the end of their journey. Lawman and outlaw are joined by the Breckenridges and their young teenage daughter Missy (Carol Lynley), who draws the attention of O'Malley.