Before Tillman can retire to work his Montana ranch full-time, he has one more important task to perform. A junior marshal who Tillman appointed in Laramie, Wyoming, a few years earlier has taken a wrong path and Tillman must remove him from office. Tillman leaves his two grown sons and his sister, Alice, on the ranch and sets out for Wyoming by railroad. Along the way, Tillman makes a few detours and stops to visit old friends and colleagues. As he travels south to Laramie, Tillman relives his life in flashbacks. From the Big Woods of Wisconsin, where he was born and met his wife, Tillman's life in full is exposed.