Tate returning to Shiloh after a scouting trip finds himself in the middle of a hunting party as he hears shots. After shots spook his horses, he comes across a young Indian boy wielding an ax at him. He then notices that the hunting party is shooting at the boy who is helpless. Tate uses his lasso to capture the boy. When the hunters start using dynamite to drive the boy, Tate notices the boy is deaf and mute when he has no response to the blasts. The boy is being hunted by a group of men led by Gustaveson for the killing of a respected rancher, his brother. To prevent him being lynched, Tate brings the boy into town himself, and hopes to somehow learn his side of the story. But just about everyone in the town, including the judge, is too anxious to hang the boy quickly, so Tate finds he has to take on the role of defense counsel himself with a client who can't hear or talk to him. The Sheriff and Gustaveson's niece, Karen the schoolteacher, do come to his aid even though his tribe, ...
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Keep watching. Better be every road and trail covered.
Yeah. Maybe he ain't coming through here at all!
Shut up will you! Never come this way if he hears you jawing.
He can't. He's stone deaf remember?
Well, shut up anyway!