Faced with anarchy, a desperate judge finds a reluctant hero in the lawless frontier. A legend is born.
Bass Reeves is a bounty hunter, but he's trying to retire from it. He's bought land, and is trying to live there peacefully with his wife and son. A judge wants Bass to turn US Marshal, but he refuses. Until a few weeks later, when his son witnesses a man killed by a gang of riders. Then he takes the oath and the badge, and becomes a lawman.