Steward Hopewell, an adventuring American, who is on the staff of the Governor of California, is sent to the San Gabriel Mission to levy on the mission funds. Father Sanchez, the Superior, secretly but strenuously resents the encroachments of the civil authorities and seeks to evade the payment of the tribute. Hopewell attends a fandango in the village and falls in love with Margarita Foquerora. Among the attendants at the function is Ramon Valenzuella, a dashing outlaw, who, with some of his leaders, is incognito. He tries to gain the favor of the fair Margarita but is repulsed in favor of Hopewell. He leaves vowing vengeance. He visits the mission, steals the cash bag and makes away with it. Hopewell makes up a party and starts in pursuit, overtakes the outlaw and after a sharp fight gets the money back. He hesitates between love and duty, having the code in hand, but finally sends the Governor the money required out of his own pocket, resigns his command, joins the church and ...
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