John Dutton, patriarch of a Montana ranching family and owner of the largest ranch in the U.S., fights to defend his land and his family from the modern-day forces that threaten his way of life.
As the dust settles from the dispute, the Duttons deal with the potential repercussions; John calls in a favor and collects on some old debts; Jamie meets with the governor to do damage control.
The Duttons deal with a painful family anniversary; Kayce saves a young girl from danger; Jamie and Beth plan their respective political careers; Rainwater makes an ominous threat to the Dutton legacy.
A secret about John comes to the surface; Beth shows Jenkins a rough night out; quality time with Tate leads to a close call.
As Kayce feels the heat from tribal police, Jamie works some legal magic; Rip recruits a new cowboy for the ranch; a beaten-down Jimmy begins to find some respect; John makes a play to keep Kayce and Monica close to home.
A new partnership threatens John and the Yellowstone; Jamie ramps up his political campaign; Rip confronts Kayce about cleaning up his messes.
Rip stumbles upon a dangerous and dire situation; a plan is set in motion designed to squeeze John Dutton and threaten his way of life; Monica begins a tough recovery.
A sheriff's investigation turns the heat up on Rip; Jamie makes a bold decision about his future and faces the consequences.