BLOOD ON THE LAND A rogue shepherd uses the Ponderosa's grassy meadows to feed his hungry sheep. When he's told to leave, he kidnaps Adam in an attempt to ransom the deed to the entire ranch. DESERT JUSTICE Considered by some to be Perrin's best "modern" western, this cops-and-robbers tale culminates in a grand climax atop the Pacoima Dam. THE STRANGER Ben Cartwright's plans to run for governor of Nevada are spoiled when a police inspector insists on taking Ben to New Orleans where a murder charge from twenty years ago awaits him. Ben was cleared of the charge, so he refuses to go with the inspector. When Little Joe is arrested for murder, Ben surrenders to the inspector in order to clear Little Joe. He goes to New Orleans to stand trial, but on the way over Ben realises the evil intent of the inspector to kill him before making it to New Orleans. ESCAPE TO THE PONDEROSA Three army deserters take refuge on the Ponderosa, beating Little Joe senseless. Outraged, the Cartwrights join a military posse under the command of relentless Captain Bolton.