During the Civil War, Cotten is the leader of a band of Confederate prisoners in a Northern camp. Conditions are appalling, but when Wilde, a Union officer wounded out of the war, approaches them with an offer to go West with him to fight Indians, they refuse to help the Union cause in any
form. Eventually they change their minds, planning to desert at the first opportunity to head back to the South and the war. They arrive in New Mexico at a fort commanded by Chandler, another wounded Union officer sent West. He is embittered by his inability to fight in the big war and by the
death of his brother in an early action. He takes an immediate dislike to the Rebels und...