Steel Creek introduces former Confederate Colonel William Hanover. He and his men have escaped pledging allegiance to the Union in hopes of finding a place where they can reign free. They settle upon Steel Creek, where they employ outlaws and promise to protect the people so long as they don't cross the Colonel of his men.
The Colonel becomes intrigued when a group of men arrive in Steel Creek followed by a mysterious drifter, a bounty hunter named Jim Hammer. While the Colonel attempts to employ Hammer, the bounty hunter insists he works alone and displays what he is capable of. The question, however, is why has Hammer come to Steel Creek, and why does the Colonel feel a connection to him?