Buel's "stock company" included Carlyle Blackwell, C. Rhys Pryce and Alice Joyce, seen in this 13-minute film. Pryce basically plays himself, a soldier of fortune, who discovers an American customs agent, James Boyd (Carlyle Blackwell) dumped in a cave by Mexican smugglers. Later, when Pryce is on the run, he hides out in Boyd's house, where his sister (Alice Joyce) hides him.
When Boyd recognizes Pryce as the man who saved him, he helps him escape, only to be arrested and sentenced to death by the Mexican army. It's then up to sister to find Pryce to help rescue her brother from the firing squad.
More action than plot (it's 13 minutes), but along with the exotic landscape, there's one terrific and beautiful shot when Pryce leaves Boyd's house through a window. The stationary camera watches as Pryce goes through the window to his horse, then Blackwell and Joyce move into the frame and watch (along with us) as Pryce escapes. We see the backs of their heads in silhouette against the bright outside.
This is an excellent example of early filmmaking. The camera never moves, The intertitles simply describe the action in the upcoming scene. There's no plot detail, no dialog. We simply drop in on a story already in progress and must figure out the details of the plot. It's also easy to see why Carlyle Blackwell and Alice Joyce became big stars of the silent era.