Hudson is a graduate of West Point assigned to an outpost near the Everglades because of his expertise in both the area and the local Seminole Indians. Upon arriving at his new position the lieutenant looks up Hale, his girl friend from childhood, who is now in love with Quinn. Quinn,
leader of the Seminoles, was also a boyhood friend of Hudson's. Hudson plans to use Hale to help arrange a peace treaty between the Indians and the white men, but this is foiled by a scouting party sent out by Hudson's commander, Carlson. Carlson has ill feelings towards the Seminoles, feelings
intensified when a member of the scouting party kills an Indian chief. Quinn's son O'Brian ...