An out-of-work drover, lucky at cards, is robbed by the other card-players after he wins their money. Sleeping under the stars, he becomes the unwilling guardian of a hungry, orphaned Indian boy whose village was burned to the ground. He tries to find a place for the boy, to whom the good folks of Dodge are not welcoming. Written by
Jud Sorrell is playing poker with three men in a saloon inside the town of Caldwell. After Jud wins the pot the other three men are not to happy. Before Jud can get out the doors the three men beat up on Jud and take their money back. Jud retreats out of town to sleep off the wounds.
While sleeping he is awaken by a small Indian boy that was attempting to steal food. The boys village had been burned and he was the last Indian left alive. The only word that the boy says is 'wondra' so Jud calls the boy Wonder.
They ride into Dodge and go to Delmonico's to get something to eat. The waiter in the place refuses to sell him anything with an Indian in tow but tells him to go to the back door. At the back door things do not go well and Jud sends the cook through the window. Matt has to arrest Jud for the attack and Wonder comes along.
Matt tries to get the boy some help from Indian scout at Fort Dodge but by the next morning the boy is back right next to the Marshal's office. When Jud is release there really is nothing to do except to let the boy tag along. They get a spot at the stable to sleep when the three men from the earlier poker game comes in for another visit. This time they want Jud dead. Wonder needs to make it to the Marshal's office but will he make it in time to avoid Jud's death.
This really is not a bad tale but is another episode featuring Indian hatred using a boy as the point of reference. It is a new twist to a repeating plot from season eight. The acting was actually well put together in this show with the actor playing Jud, Ron Hayes, as one the viewers can relate for his feeling toward the Indian boy. This is a show where the viewer has to watch to the end. We all have to know what happens to the lone Indian boy that no longer has a family.
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