Months of roaming the wilderness have left John Chinaman homesick and lonely. His bitter experiences have left him wary of white men, but longing for human contact leads him to the small town of Oakridge. There he meets Amos and Millie, old, independent-minded homesteaders looking after their niece Rose, recently orphaned by the fever. But Rose's rich grandfather has designs on the only child of his estranged daughter. When he enlists lawyers, the local sheriff, and a hired gun to help him, John is forced to make a choice: stay out of it, or take up arms once more.