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U.S. Army captain A. R. Kingsley disappears in an African jungle while on a confidential assignment to discover the source of the ngoma plant, which yields a remarkable fiber ideal for many war uses. Later, Jungle Jim wrestles a crocodile in a river to reach the body of a pygmy and finds Kingsley's dogtags and a rope made from ngoma fibers in the pygmy's charm bag. Having launched a search for Kingsley, an Army expedition meets Jim in the jungle. While Jim and the major heading the expedition talk together in the office of trader Leon Marko, Marko eavesdrops on the conversation. Jim is surprised to learn that Kingsley, an expert in the field of tropical plants, is a woman. Jim tells the major that a native cult called the Bush Devils is thought to be active in the area. A short time later, when a Bush Devil arrow is shot into the expedition's camp, Jim investigates and discovers the print of a boot, leading him to suspect that the Bush Devils are actually white men. Marko, who, unknown to Jim, is a foreign agent and is also searching for the ngoma plant, does his best to stop the expedition. Elsewhere in the jungle, a tribe of pygmies guarding the whereabouts of the ngoma plant, have offered protection to Kingsley. Realizing the strategic importance of the plant, Kingsley asks the pygmies to help her reach a city. Together with Makuba, the pygmy chief, Kingsley hides on a makeshift island made of branches and floats down the river. From their hiding place, Kingsley and Makuba spot Marko's boat, and not realizing his true identity, climb aboard. Marko shoots at them, but they jump overboard. Attracted by the shots, Jim witnesses their struggle and swims to their aid. Once reunited with the soldiers, Kingsley divulges the presence of a Bush Devil mask on Marko's boat. Now convinced that Marko is an enemy agent, Jim, Kingsley and Makuba go after him ahead of the soldiers. They eliminate some of Marko's men, but others are able to warn Marko, who sets up an ambush for Jim. Makuba travels ahead through the trees, and his warning enables Jim to evade the ambush. When the soldiers arrive at the swamp in which the ngoma plants grow, however, Marko's men are waiting and engage them in battle. Jim is captured and used as a hostage, while the pygmies hurry to his aid. Jim is freed, and Marko's men are defeated. Although the plants have been destroyed by Marko, the pygmies agree to grow more for the United States.