Subtitled ""A Romantic Novel about a Violent Man who Believed in Peace""- and so it is. But El Oro, the Golden One, is an enigmatic figure, a Yankee who had betrayed a Northern whaling fleet to the Confederates, and come to South America to escape his past. There he opposes his strange power over the natives in combat with Montenegro, a dictator and vicious paranold. Soledad, an Indian girl with revolutionary leanings, spurs El Oro to an act of violence which makes him a martyr and a hero. The cross pulls of El Oro (Cleon Brown)'s character, his basic sincerity, the contrasts in other figures of the plot, combine to give immense momentum to a rather unusual story.