An encounter with an unfriendly she-bear nearly becomes fatal for Jim Bowie when his rifle misfires. Realizing the need for a simpler and more reliable weapon, he approaches master blacksmith Samuel Black with an idea for a new type of knife.
Jim Bowie is riding along the Mississippi when he is bushwhacked by Manion and Kneeland...two settlers who accuse him of being a land grabber and throwing them off their land. They tell him Jim's brother Rezin has been shot and killed. Jim returns home and finds his brother is still alive but Bowie and Bowie Land Office is in trouble. A Frenchman with an old land grant from King Louis XVI has overturned all of their deals and taken the property back. On top of all this, counterfeit money is being distributed in the region and Jim begins to wonder about the validity of...
JIm Bowie is in a hurry on his way to New Orleans to take a lady to the Opera Ball when he comes upon two women who are having trouble with their pony cart. They are Angelique Moreau and Miss Peabody of Miss Peabody's Select Female Academy. They are searching for a young girl who has run off from the school to elope. Her father is planning on making a handsome contribution to the school so they are desperate to find her before she can carry out her plans of marriage. He tries to get back on the way to N.O. but is drawn back to the ladies when he discovers they have ...
Bowie assists a French boy who has traveled from France to reunite with his aunt who is living in New Orleans. Unbeknownst to Bowie, the boy represents a threat to the aunt's fiancé who plans to marry her for her money.
Bowie buys a lottery ticket from Jean Dubois a former champion swordsman who is trying to raise money for his daughter's dowry. Dubois notices that Bowie is carrying a large sum of money and unsuccessfully tries to take it from him when Bowie leaves the tavern. Bowie, Houston and Lafitte decide to help Dubois, however, Dubois' future in-laws have other plans for his daughter's dowry.
Bowie agrees to sell supplies to Don Carlos Miro. He later discovers that Miro is acting as a purchasing agent for supporters of Simon Bolivar and that opposing supporters of the Spanish king will stop at nothing to block the sale.
In order to head off an Indian uprising, Jim tells a Cherokee princess the tale of John Smith and Pocahontas. Unfortunately his story doesn't have the desired effect, and in fact winds up getting him in even more trouble.
A rash of thefts has been traced to an unusual suspect--a chimpanzee who has been trained to climb up through the windows of houses and steal the residents' belongings. Jim goes after the man who trained the chimp.