T.C. Jeffords rules his sprawling New Mexico ranch with an iron fist. But his authority doesn't extend to his strong-willed daughter, Vance who both hates and loves her father with equal ferocity. Tensions rise when Vance falls for bad boy Rip Darrow, whom T.C. buys off. But the family conflict turns violent when T.C. decides to marry Flo Burnett - and evict Vance's childhood friend Juan from his land.