Owen Burke is at loose ends in the Mexican town of
San Rafael. While at the local cantina, he overhears a conversation between two
Mexican vaqueros seated nearby and decides to introduce himself. The two men
work for Don Enrique Hernandez de Allende at a horse ranch some distance south.
The don is planning a horse drive to the north and then west to California,
where the don’s brother-in-law has a ranch. Owen knows those trails and hopes
the don, who has never made the trip before, might be in need of a guide.
As luck would have it, the don and his daughter,
Rosa María, are impressed with Owen. The ramrod, a man named Chavez, is a
tougher nut to crack. Suspicious of gringos in general, Chavez also resents the
attention that Rosa María is inclined to pay Owen. When Owen is ambushed on the
trail by bandits who later drive off the horses, Chavez blames Owen for guiding
them into a trap and leads his riders after Owen to even the score. To be
captured by Chavez and his vaqueros means death, so can Owen find the thieves
and recover the horses?
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