This is the 20th episode of the long running 1964-70 series about the life of American frontiersman and explorer, Daniel Boone. The lead is played by Fess Parker. Also in the mix are Albert Salmi, Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Veronica Cartwright and Darby Hinton.
There is a group of renegade Cherokee warriors led by Jay (Tonto) Silverheels raiding the area. Daniel Boone is greeting a new wagon load of settlers at his home when Silverheels and his bunch come charging over the hill.
Parker quickly has everyone hurry inside the cabin. Rifles are grabbed and handed out. The new family of settlers refuse to help defend the cabin. They are Quakers and do not hold with violence. Parker and family soon get help when a group from the fort come up from a trip out hunting. They flank the Indians and chase them off minus several braves.
Parker tells the Quaker family, Alex Scourby, Eve McVeagh, Mary Jane Saunders, and Robert Random that they will be losing their scalps pronto like if they do not arm up. "The Lord will protect us." Answers Scourby. They then ride off to their newly bought cabin and land. Parker and the residents of Fort Boonesborough decide it is time to rid the area of Silverheels and his renegades. They load up with rifles and powder and head out.
The group lucks out and come up on Silverheels and crew at a meal. The Boonesborough men attack and wipe out the renegade Cherokee. Silverheels catches a ball in the shoulder and tumbles off a cliff edge. The men head back to the fort to drink a few pints and celebrate their victory.
Silverheels, however, is made of stern stuff. Though badly wounded he manages to drag himself off into the woods. He staggers up to the cabin of the Quaker family and collapses. He is found by the father, Scourby and brought inside to have his wounds treated. The next day Scourby, and his wife, McVeagh, take their wagon into the fort for supplies. They leave the quickly recovering Silverheels with their son, Random and daughter, Saunders.
Needless to say, Silverheels beats the boy senseless, kidnaps the daughter, and for good measure, lights fire to the cabin. The smoke is seen from the fort and all rush out to help. Parker, Albert Salmi and the distraught father, Scourby, follow the trail out into the deep woods.
They soon catch up with the Cherokee and Saunders. Silverheels puts a large knife to the young woman's throat. Parker promises to let Silverheels go if he will release Saunders. Silverheels of course does not believe a word of the offer. Scourby offers himself in exchange for his daughter. Silverheels figures they are going to kill him anyways, and frees Saunders. He is surprised when Parker honours the agreement. Silverheels heads for the hills while the rest return to the Fort.
A much better episode than I make it sound like. Veteran big screen director George Sherman handles the action with a smooth hand. His big screen work includes, SWORD IN THE DESERT, RED CANYON, TOMAHAWK, THE SLEEPING CITY, THE RAGING TIDE, BATTLE AT APACHE PASS, WAR ARROW and the John Wayne film, BIG JAKE.
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