The Outlaw Josey Wales tells the story of a Missouri farmer living a peaceful life — until his family is brutally murdered during the Civil War. To get revenge for the death of his wife and son, Wales becomes a Confederate soldier and joins a band of unscrupulous guerilla raiders. When the war ends, Wales refuses to surrender and heads out west to escape the law. When he meets up with a group of settlers in need of his protection, he sees a chance to lead a good and useful life once again. But Josey Wales has a price on his head and everyone is out to get it.