With the bloodiest battle in American history finally ending, a beleaguered soldier haunted by the demons of combat finds himself embroiled in a conflict between two Southern clans. Escaping the horrors witnessed during the Civil War, Wade (James Badge Dale) returns home to his only surviving relatives in rural Texas. Trapping animals for their pelts to make a meagre living, his family live in fear of the brutish neighbouring cattle-ranching McCluskeys. Upon making this discovery, Wade takes it upon himself to protect his family and put an end to the McCluskeys' reign of terror. However, before long, the rivalry escalates into a war much closer to home; a struggle, this time, of his own making.