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Following an Indian raid in which frontier scout Jim Stockton loses a year's trapping of fur skins, he and his two friends, Beaver and Lopez, agree to lead a wagon train of settlers, accompanied by a detail of U. S. Cavalry soldiers, into Mexican-owned California. Consuela, the beautiful daughter of a pro-American Spanish nobleman, is also among the passengers, and both Stockton and Lieutenant Kilpatrick compete for her attention. All are unaware that Mexico has recently declared war on the United States, and that Mexican Gen. Rafael Torena has formed an alliance with the hostile Madoc Indians. At the California border the troops depart for Oregon, but they are trapped in a canyon by the Indians. Stockton and his two comrades blow up the blocked entrance and rescue the soldiers, who rejoin the wagon train and help fight off a savage Indian attack. Meanwhile, Consuela's father, Don Carlos Montalvo, warns the U. S. forces in Fort Monterey of a forthcoming assault. The wagon train arrives as the Mexicans reach the garrison. Sensing that the cavalry is vastly outnumbered, Stockton persuades the commander to dynamite the bastion rather than let the Mexicans gain control of it. The explosions drive the enemy away, and Stockton wins the affection of Consuela.