Near the Mexican border loner Brando, a hoary buffalo hunter whose wife has been murdered by Indians, enters a church to promise God he will begin a new sinless life, breeding beautiful Appaloosa horses (similar in markings but bigger than pintos). While Brando's occupied, Comer steals his
horse from the front of the church to escape her sadistic boy friend, Saxon, a bandit chief. She is returned to Saxon who later offers Brando money for the animal but is refused. The bandit and his men then waylay Brando in the desolate wilds, taking his horse and humiliating him by dragging him
rope-tied through a rocky stream. He recovers from his terrible wounds, goes to Saxon...