Big John promised the elder Sandoval that if his people move to an Indian reservation, they will be treated properly by the Indian Agent Captain Surtee and his people will no longer go hungry. The Cannons prepare a feast for the tribe to celebrate the arrival of Surtee. However, upon arriving Surtee snubs Sandoval in front of his people by leaving. Big John confronts Surtee thinking he is not used to Apache ways but Surtee knows their customs and fought them in the Army until he was wounded by an arrow still in his back. He apologizes to Sandoval. When a fight between braves over a girl occurs, he again usurps Sandoval's rule. Sandoval wants to cut Chato's nose off for trying to steal her. Sandoval goes to Big John who smooths over the issue. The girl, Quintana, is assigned to Surtee by Sandoval to cook and clean. Surtee enlists the young Chato to raid cattle shipments from ranchers to the reservation. The skeptical Big John puts together a plan that ensnares Chato trying to steal ...