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After many Americans have died fighting the Spanish in Cuba in 1898, President William McKinley sends Lieutenant Rowan to find Cuban General Garcia and his men, who are surrounded by Spaniards, and give him a message concerning the place where U.S. forces will land. In Havana, the infamous spy Dr. Ivan Krug is assigned to locate the messenger. Krug and the Spanish patrol find Rowan in a cafe, and Sergeant Dory, an American expatriate, knocks Krug cold during the ensuing melee. He then takes the belt in which Rowan has hidden the message and drags the unconscious Rowan out. When Rowan revives, he threatens to kill Dory for looking at the message, but Dory offers, for one hundred gold pieces, to lead him to old man Maderas, whose son is on General Garcia's staff. At the Maderas plantation, Rowan and Dory witness the old man's death by a Spanish firing squad as they hide. Maderas' daughter Raphaelita arrives and offers to lead Rowan to Garcia, but warns that Dory is loyal only to the side that pays him the most. In the swamp, when Lita is shot in the leg, Dory removes the bullet, while Rowan embraces her. Lita sends Rowan off after they express their mutual love, and then tells Dory, whom Rowan has instructed to look after her, to follow and see that he gets through. When Dory catch up with Rowan and untruthfully tells him that Lita has died, Rowan decides to turn back, but Dory dissuades him and reveals that he himself deserted the Marines ten years earlier. Lita is captured as Dory leads Rowan to Garcia's headquarters. Inside, Rowan finds Krug instead of the general, whose troops have left, and although he is tortured, Rowan does not reveal that the message is hidden in the barrel of his gun, a hiding place suggested by Dory. Meanwhile, Dory is captured by Garcia's men and is about to be shot, when an English tinware salesman, who met Dory, Rowan and Lita in the swamp, convinces Garcia that Dory's story is true. Garcia's men storm the headquarters just as Krug finds the message, and a badly wounded Dory shoots him. He dies in Rowan's arms, Garcia gets the message, and Rowan and Lita are reunited.