A happy-go-lucky cowboy with a penchant for singing is offended when the wanted poster bearing his face calls him a misanthrope. Another cowboy enters a small bank with the intent to rob it. An old impresario travels the Wild West alongside a young man with no arms or legs. An old prospector arrives in a pristine mountain valley hoping to strike the mother lode. A woman named Alice Longabaugh travels with a caravan to Oregon for hopeful new opportunities. Five people travel by stagecoach as the sun sets. There are countless stories inspired by the United States’ westward expansion in the nineteenth century, and the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs compiles six of them.