Tom Morris, a young cowboy, is in love with Helen Walters, the daughter of an old miner. Jim Watson, the foreman of a ranch, is also in love with Helen, but she prefers Tom, and Jim resolves to get rid of his rival in some way, thereby leaving the coast clear for his own wooing. A band of Indians have been committing depredations in the neighborhood and Jim devises a plan of forming an expedition to exterminate them. He also plans to have Tom accompany them, resolving that he will not return alive. Helen, hearing of the plan to exterminate the Indians, makes Tom promise that he will not accompany the party. When the posse is being formed, Tom is asked to join, but refuses. The men taunt him and accuse him of cowardice. He finally gains Helen's consent to go, and receives Jim's sacred promise that he will bring Tom back unharmed. The expedition departs. In a battle with the Indians the little party is nearly exterminated and Tom and Jim are both badly wounded. Jim discovers Tom lying ...
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