Remake of the 1941 film that starred Harry Carey and John Wayne, this film has Middleton as an old man living in the Ozarks. He is known in the Mountains as "The Shepherd," because of his kindness, and is especially close to Meadows' family. It seems that years earlier his son, played by Egan, deserted Meadows' mother, who died giving birth to him. Meadows is in love with Lynn, but she is promised to Houck. After overhearing Collie bragging about a bank robbery, Houck alerts the sheriff. A shootout follows, and Collie is killed. Middleton admits that Meadows is his grandson and reveals the gold he has been mining for years. This he gives to Meadows' family, with the reminder to Meadows and Lynn that the only binding contract is love. Lynn and Meadows marry shortly after, and the gold is used to help the community.