The Civil War has ended. Jim and Noble are two rebels who set out from San Francisco searching for gold. While helping a prospector recover his claim, they encounter love, guilt, danger, and violence. They come up against a dying assassin who wants to go out in a blaze of glory and a psychotic mayor with a terrible secret. They help a young farmer whose abusive father becomes set on killing Jim.
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Jim sets off with his friend Rute to meet Jenny, a young woman Rute says is special. Rute breaks a leg in a fall and heads for Frozen, Nevada to heal up with friends and finds himself pursued by three widows intent on matrimony. Jim finds Jenny and frees her from a mayor who wants to marry her. On the way, Jim kills a man in self-defense after stopping him from abusing a waitress. As Jim and Jenny head for Frozen, he must fight off assassins sent by the man's mother.
Texas Ranger Loren Williams is chasing six bank robbers who killed and beheaded three fellow Rangers who were chasing them. He meets up with Jim Thornton, a former Confederate gunman, who has found a little blind girl named Shelby Jean at a burned out wagon, her father and uncle murdered and her mother kidnapped and murdered by the men the Ranger is chasing.
His family gone, Thorne leaves the ranch, wanting only to die. He is about to meet an old enemy and a new love. Bill Fitch is a brutal rapist and serial killer who carries the scalps of his victims on his bridle and rides into Texas with murder and mayhem on his mind. Gomez is the half-breed who rides with Fitch and lives to rape and eat the flesh of his victims. Shorty Doddredge is the Ranger sergeant, saved by Thorne in an Indian fight, a lonely man, who is about to meet the love of his life.
Children have been stolen and taken to Mexico. The Reaper goes after them and rescues all but one girl, who is stolen away. Jim Thornton is pursued by a Ranger turned manhunter and is finally reunited with brother Cal. The slavers send assassins to kill the Reaper. The Rangers are going to Mexico to rescue all the children and wipe out the slavery ring.