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In a forest, BEN CAPE, 9 or 10, plays
with FOLDED LEAF, an Indian boy of 9 or 10.
They are called into a camp of Seneca Indians.
JUD CLASBY appears at the camp and eats with and
speaks to two Indians who have recently arrived, RED DEER, in
his prime, and TALL TREE, older.
Red Deer mentions that he wants peace, even though the
white man has been encroaching on their territory.
An elder, BLACK ANTLER, teaches Folded Leaf about a
great Seneca prophet who professed a peaceful way.
In a cabin, CALEB CAPE and his
wife, LIZZIE, mid-30's, entertain LUTE BEMIS, approximately
30, and his wife, ORA, slightly younger than Lizzie and
heavily pregnant. Caleb
and Lizzieís daughter, HANNAH, approximately 18, leaves the
cabin to bring some cookies to a neighbor and runs into
Clasby who accompanies her to a cabin lived in by JOHN WOOD
SR., an elderly man; his wife, REBA; and his son, JOHNNY,
approximately 17. Clasby
exhibits his contempt for the Indians, as do Old Wood and
Reba. GEORGE BENSON meets Hannah and Clasby on their way back and
complains how the Indians are beating him to all the good
game and the two men conspire about wiping them out, much to
Hannahís resistance. After
they have left Benson behind, Clasby makes a pass at Hannah,
which she rebuffs. Clasby
and Lute get drunk together, with Clasby trying to convince
him to help him get his horses back, which he says were
stolen by Indians. Lute
refuses him, mentioning that he needs to be home and is not
planning on fighting Indians anymore as the two of them did
in the past.
As Caleb is preaching to a congregation
of several families in his cabin, some settlers arrive,
carrying a severely-wounded squaw, TALKING CROW, who accuses
Benson of murder. When
Ben sees Talking Crow, he faints dead away.
Talking Crow dies. The settlers report how all the Indians at the camp were
slaughtered, including women and children.
Caleb and Hannah ride in their wagon to the Indian
camp, carrying the body of Talking Crow, and see the results
of the slaughter: two
women and four children dead.
They come upon Calebís bag on the ground.
They move into the forest in search of the Indian men,
discovering the corpse of Tall Tree, which they bring back to
the camp, where they discover that the bodies of the Indians
have been taken. When
they return home, they find an arrow sticking in the cabin
door, but, to their relief, everyone is safe inside.
Caleb assumes the arrow means that the Indians to the
north are planning to attack the settlers.
He sets out to inform the Indian agent about the
murders in order that the agent might be able to convince the
Indian tribes to not retaliate against the settlers, and
along the way Caleb warns settlers of the imminent danger.
When Ben rides to Luteís to warn him of the trouble,
Lute rides off to try and stop Caleb, fearing that Clasby
will kill him if he knows Caleb has gone off to see the
Indian agent. Benson,
Old Man Wood, Reba, and Johnny, along with some frontiersmen,
block Calebís path. Benson
threatens to kill Caleb if he tries to pass, but try he does,
prompting Benson to knock him unconscious.
Before Caleb is shot, Lute appears and intervenes,
protecting Caleb. Lute
takes Caleb to his place where he is nursed.
Caleb convinces Lute to take his place and he leaves,
heading off to see the Indian agent.
Lute eventually runs into the Indian agent, COLONEL
JOHNSTON, who has come, escorted by Black Antler.
Heading home, Lute comes upon a burning
homestead and a massacred family.
Some Indians charge him, but he fights his way through
arrives at the main town where he is informed by JUDGE
McGOWAN, SAMUEL BRADY, the constable, and Colonel Johnston
that there have been more settlers killed and burned out.
The Seneca Chiefs have raised a warring party of at
least a thousand warriors who have the ability to decimate
the frontier. McGowan
has arrived to judge the murders at the Indian camp. Caleb accompanies Brady as they ride to Bensonís farm where
they arrest him. CHARLES
FORT, early 30's, the lawyer for the prosecution, arrives, as
does SENATOR STUART, the lawyer for the defense.
Old Wood, Johnny, and Benson, imprisoned in a jail,
are met by the lawyers, accompanied by Caleb,
A procession of Indians, led by CHIEF LONE PAWN, rides
into town with Johnston, much to the amazement of the
confesses to Caleb that he took part in the massacre of the
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