The drivers are helped by Pete Nolan who is scouting for the Army. He has worked to obtain a peace treaty with the Pawnee but the General sent to sign it and the Pawnee Chief both find conflict with their sons over it leading to tragedy.
The drive is preparing to cross Pawnee territory is helped finding water by their old scout Pete Nolan. At the same time an arrogant, Indian-hating, foolish U.S. General does everything wrong leading to the creation of the groundwork for an Indian war. Army scout Pete Nolan arranged for the Army to deliver 500 cattle to the starving Pawnee and finalize a peace treaty. But the newly arrived General countermands this, wants to apprehend the Chief because the Chief's son and a few other Indians have become renegades and even arrests Pete for disobeying his orders when Pete detours their trip to warn Favor. What's worse, the General won't even let his officer son, a new officer out of West Point, guide Favor and the drive through Indian territory for the drive's safety. His son and Pete against the General's order try to deliver the 150 scrub cattle Favor planned to give the Pawnee for safe passage. The Pawnee refuse the smaller herd and the son is arrested. All of this is finally ... Written by
As introduction to Gil Favor Walter Pidgeon's character, General Perry, refers to his nickname, used by his Union troops during the Civil War, 'Old Iron Pants'; the same conflict, army and nickname confidently claimed by the John Wayne character, Wil (yet another similarity to this episode for the single 'l' character name) Andersen. See more »