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George Dean, a widowed professor shunned by colleges because of his reputed arrogance, arrives with his three children at a Florida Indian reservation to teach the Seminoles. Appalled by the dilapidated schoolhouse, he appeals in vain to Leslie Frost, the resident health official. One day Dean's 19-year-old daughter, Barbara, is rescued from a herd of stampeding bulls by Johnny Tiger, the young grandson of the Seminole chief. Observing that the Indian children idolize Johnny, Dean asks him to encourage the youngsters to attend school. But Johnny mocks him and bitterly states that he is only a halfbreed whose mother was a barmaid. Realizing that Johnny, despite his hostility, is a man of innate intelligence, Dean urges him to attend school. Mainly because of Barbara, Johnny agrees; but the old chief, Sam Tiger, insists that Johnny abandon the white man's ways and leave the reservation. Caught in the conflict, Johnny and Barbara run off to get married. Tension between Dean and Sam mounts until a brush fire on the reservation entraps Dean's son. Risking his life, Dean races into the fire and finds the old chief holding the child protectively in a wet blanket. Badly burned, Sam Tiger asks Dean to give him back his grandson. Now tolerant of other men's beliefs, Dean accompanies Johnny to the Indian burial ground. There Johnny promises his dying grandfather to lead his people in the new ways he has learned.