Curly, a tramp, finds himself in San Antonio after being kicked out of a bar. He is puzzled by the town and its inhabitants, but manages to find some food and shelter in a wagon-yard. The next day, he encounters a group of cowboys celebrating and is initiated into their group.
Curly spends three weeks with the cowboys, learning their ways and becoming a respected member of the group. Ranse Truesdell, the ranch owner, takes notice of Curly's transformation and decides to bring him back to the ranch.
At the ranch, Ranse reveals to Curly that he is actually his long-lost son, who was adopted by the Truesdell family when he was a child. Curly is shocked by the revelation and the two men leave the ranch to find Curly's biological family.
“Where’s the tick-tock?” he asked, absent-mindedly.
Curly, after being taken in by Ranse, notices the absence of a clock in the ranch-house. The two men embark on a journey to find Curly's biological family, hoping to uncover the truth about his past and forge a new future together.