Peter Stevenson reluctantly returns to his home-town for the first time in 20 years to attend the funeral of a friend who seemingly committed suicide. The somber occasion reunites him with the surviving members of his gang of childhood friends, and they spend the evening reminiscing their teenage days. Peter wakes up the next day stranded in a cabin in the woods feeling like he was drugged and with no recollection of the night before.
An infant boy is found by a trail crew on a cattle drive from New Mexico to California in the 1870s. During his first 12 years, the crew teaches the boy how to handle himself the Cowboy Way, with honesty, compassion, and integrity. However, too soon, he is forced to go out on his own again, as orphaned young cowboys often did in those days. He is separated from his outfit in an extraordinary and unexpected way.