On a West Texas ranch, two young boys secretly witness the brutal murder of their father by a gang of ruthless marauders. While the bandits loot and burn their homestead, the eldest brother hides his sibling and attempts to fight off the killers. The eldest boy is then kidnapped and forced to endure a tortuous life. The younger of the two is eventually found and ends up being raised by a Mexican priest. Thirteen years later, the leaders of the gang, Charlie Ledbetter and Horace Merrywell, attempt to live respectable lives operating a mine on the Mexican border. The older brother has not forgotten them, and addicted to morphine and near death, he tracks them down. Meanwhile, riding towards the mine is the younger brother, The Journeyman, now a mysterious soft-spoken traveler, secretly looking to save his dying brother's soul.