Cochise and Jeffords are captured and face death when contrary to instructions they trail an army doctor who has gone to treat Geronimo's gunshot wound because the officer's bride to be is held captive.
A brave exiled from Cochise's stronghold takes as prisoner Jeffords who he falsely believes is responsible for an ambush on his exile group to exchange for his daughter who the brave falsely believes was snatched in the ambush.
Jeffords convinces a reluctant Cochise to investigate the account of the son of a father and son held to be traitors to their Apache ways costing the lives of ten warriors that actually the brave held to be the hero was the traitor.
The teacher that Cochise gets to instruct enough in the ways of white culture not to be cheated in his off reservation business to his chagrin is not only a woman but a woman who holds fast to cultural values that demean Apache customs.
After a Chiricahua brave is scalped on the reservation, Cochise and Jeffords go to Mexico to confront a hacienda owner who pays a bounty for Apache scalps and are caught in the middle of a Coyotero raid.
A hold out group of confederate soldiers come out of Mexico and raid the Chiricahua reservation which event requires Jeffords to go to Washington to ask for help from President Grant to prevent Cochise from breaking the peace.
A young brave who loses his arm while saving Jeffords' life from an attacking bear considered a spirit curse by the Apaches feels shame for his condition while being shunned by the tribe for cheating the bear of its tribute.