Clark Gable in Marilyn Monroe v svojem zadnjem nastopu prinašata bridko dramo o nedavno ločeni ženski ter njenem času v družbi kavboja in njegovega prijatelja z rodea, ki se v šestdesetih letih odvija v puščavi zahodne Nevade.Slavna Clark Gable in Marilyn Monroe v svojem zadnjem filmskem nastopu prinašata bridko elegijo o smrti Starega zahoda, kakor sta si jo zamislila scenarist Arthur Miller in režiser John Houston. Gable je Gay Langland, ostareli posrednik in izkušeni pomočnik pri rodeu, ki po ameriškem zakotju potuje s prijateljema Guidom (Eli Wallach) in mladim Perceom Howlandom (Montgomery Clift). Trije možje se domislijo, da bi v Renu ukrotili nekaj neprilagojenih divjih mustangov in jih prodali kot hrano za pse, vendar se temu odločne upre Gayevo novo dekle Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe), svobodomiselna nekdanja slačipunca, pravkar ločena od moža Raya (Kevin McCarthy). Čeprav sta tudi Guido in Perce zaljubljena v Roslyn, se ta ogreje za Raya – a bo ravnala po svoji vesti, tudi po tem, ko se trije možje lotijo svojega dobičkonosnega načrta.
Roslyn Taber, the type of woman who turns heads easily, recently came to Reno to get a quickie divorce, she having no idea what to do with her life after that. She cannot tolerate seeing animal suffering, let alone human suffering. Coinciding with getting the divorce, Roslyn meets friends Gay Langland and Guido, a divorced aging grizzled cowboy and a widowed mechanic respectively. Although Guido makes no bones about wanting to get to know Roslyn in the biblical sense and although he "saw her first", Roslyn begins a relationship with Gay, despite Roslyn's friend Izzy Steers, who originally came to Reno years ago to get her own divorce and never left, warning her about cowboys as being unreliable, and despite Roslyn initially not being interested in Gay "in that way". Gay has grown children who he rarely sees and wishes he was there for more than was the case. Gay and Roslyn move into the under construction farmhouse owned by Guido, which he was building for his wife before she died. After spotting a small herd in the local mountains, Guido convinces Gay to do some mustanging - capturing wild mustangs - to sell them. In this and age, these mustangs, commercially, are good only as dog meat. Needing a third for their outing, they run into Perc Howland, a cowboy acquaintance, who is on his way to the Dayton Rodeo. He recently started the itinerant life out of necessity. Perc lives day to day, job to job, that is when he's not in the hospital recuperating from his many on the job injuries. They are able to convince Perc to join them after his events at the rodeo have concluded. Perc is just the latest to fall for Roslyn, while of the three men she feels the most protective toward Perc as the constantly injured one. The questions become whether the friendship and business of the three men can withstand the addition of Roslyn in their life, and if Roslyn can love any of three after seeing first hand what their life is all about.