Benoit still tells a good story, if a superficial one. The scene is a small South American republic shortly after a revolution led by Manrique Ruiz who liberated them from the tyranny of neighboring countries. Ruiz, dictator and idol of the country, returns to his star regiment to find that it has disintegrated -- due to wine, women and song, and that his officers have become the puppets of the mistress of the inn. In the gradual degeneration of the army and of Ruiz lies the action of the story. The characterization is vague, but the atmosphere and the suspense help to cloud over the slightly melodramatic content. Masculine appeal primarily.