A surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of the Indian raises this beautifully filmed western above the norm. Douglas is a veteran scout who is hired to guide a wagon train through dangerous Sioux territory as it pushes toward Oregon circa 1870. Seeking to gain permission from the Indians for
safe passage, Douglas visits Franz, the Sioux chief. Franz explains the trouble with the Sioux started when unscrupulous white traders tried to steal the Indians' gold by getting them drunk. Douglas promises to clear the matter up with the army, and Franz agrees to go to the fort and sign a peace
treaty with the soldiers. Despite Franz's cooperation, the potential for disaster exi...