The Outlaw Josey Wales chronicles the hero's violent journey westward after the Civil War. With fresh memories of his family's slaughter by Red Leg soldier Terrill , Confederate Josey Wales refuses to join his captain Fletcher and the rest of his comrades in surrender to a U.S. Army regiment. Deemed a dangerous outlaw after a bloody one-man battle with that regiment, Josey is pursued by U.S. cavalry soldiers led by the unwilling Fletcher and the murderous Terrill, as well as by bounty hunters who eventually learn how coolly lethal Wales can be. Despite his desire to remain a lone fugitive, Josey soon has a crew of traveling companions that includes Cherokee Lone Watie and the pretty Laura Lee and her vigorous Grandma Sarah, settlers on their way to a ranch near ghost town Santa Rio. The few Santa Rio residents welcome the group, but their peace and Josey's burgeoning romance with Laura Lee are soon interrupted by Terrill's arrival.