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When Indians raid a group of white settlers, the Indians' medicine man is killed, and Major Henry Trent collects the man's arrow, which bears directions to a cave in the Black Hills filled with gold. In Black Pool, casino owner Tom "Keen" Blade, who secretly sells liquor to the Indians, befriends Young Wolf, who needs the magic arrow for its healing powers. Blade then kills three of the four white survivors of the skirmish, including John Cardigan, who was in search of the arrow. A year later, Trent, his daughter Barbara, and grandson Bobby come to Fort Henry just as General George A. Custer arrives and restores sobriety to the 7th U.S. Cavalry headquarters. Meanwhile, Sioux and Cheyenne Indian chiefs plan their attack on the white man to stop the gold prospectors and settlers who are encroaching on their sacred grounds. At the powwow, Crazy Horse, leader of the Cheyenne, marks Little Big Horn as the communal village which will serve as their fortress. The Trents are then ambushed by Young Wolf's men, but they survive, and the arrow remains intact. While Custer and Chief Brown Fox have a powwow concerning three braves captured at Black Pool for trading "fire-water" for pelts, Blade kills the Indian who is about to reveal Blade's guilt, and Indians raid the fort. The Indians eventually retreat, but the incident propels the Sioux and Cheyenne to Little Big Horn. Next, Blade schemes with the crooked Judge Hooker to arrest the Trents for inciting a riot with the Indians, and a jury sentences them to die in an hour. Ex-lieutenant Roberts, who testified against the Trents, has a change of heart, however, and rescues them. Custer's head scout, Kit Cardigan, then kills Hooker in a duel, and Roberts acknowledges Blade's guilt in Kit's father's murder. After Bobby finds the arrow, Young Wolf attacks him, but Kit saves him and gives the arrow to his Indian friend, Red Fawn. He then proposes to Barbara as the war begins. At Little Big Horn, the Indians massacre Custer and his men, including Roberts, and the American flag falls. After finally killing Blade in a duel, Kit gets his discharge from the army and unites with Barbara.