Benedict Trout, long-time foreman of the big KK Ranch has been cut loose for being too old, and Eddie Guest, a new-hire, has been fired for being too young. So with nowhere to go, Trout and Guest are riding west. When they reach the RU Crooked Ranch they discover a place in terrible shape: run by a widow and her young daughter, the women are broke and without expectations. Standing at a crossroads, the ranch is coveted by the boss of a nearby town, Cyrus Sullivan, who is keen to investigate reports of a gold mine on the land. The four unlikely allies are in this for the long haul, and must sit tight and fight long and hard to defend their shoestring operation against outlaws, thieves, and the greedy gold hunters.