Santa Fe in days when uprisings, revolutions, decadent government were in full swing, back in 1821-46. There fraud, swindling and gambling ran rampant; leader Don Manuel ruled heartlessly and selfishly; and Tules set up a monte sala (gambling joint). Tules is the clever, ambitious impulsive female of the story, who, before picking on Santa Fe, looked for gold and killed a man. Her beauty snares Don Manuel and she becomes his mistress. And then New Mexico- and Don Manuel- how to the ""manifest destiny"" under which the U.S.A. absorbed New Mexico in 1846 and Tules switches her patriotism...While the ingredients are there for blood and thunder romance and adventure, the whole leaves a rather arid impression, lacking color and motion.