I will not go through much of the story as that is why you are buying the movie. Alternatively, of course, like me you just want to see what they did with the movie and the Criterion extras. Just having a newfangled 46" TV helps in its self.
Looks like several passengers are going to Lordsburg for their own various reasons. Like an Agatha Christie movie, we are introduced to the major players in the story. On the way, we get to know the passengers a little better. In this version, Ringo Kid (John Wayne) is picked up on the way instead of being intruded with the original passengers. John Wayne actually inters with what is now his signature close-up. An Apache uprising threatens the stagecoach. Yet there is a lot more to the film after this Arrowing incident.
Be sure to go through the DVD extras including the voice over commentary. Recorded exclusively for the Criterion collection in 2009, the commentary features film historian and Western scholar Jim Kites (Horizons West). He is a little wordy in his commentary but he does pick up the high points. Moreover, sometimes you need somebody to tell you when your shoe was untied I used to get him to tell me what I was looking at and missing. Even after this commentary, you need to watch the supplement named "Dreaming of Jeanie".
On a different note, I saw Monument Valley on a vacation. Therefore, I can tell that they keep driving back and forth in a small aria on their imaginary trip to Lordsburg.
I am and new fan of Ernest Haycox and read some of his books. However, I missed "Stage to Lordsburg". It is now on my list to read. After watching the Criterion Blu-ray versions where they pointed out the differences between the book and film I want to read more.