The deep-rooted prejudices against the Indians develop into an unreasoning panic among the residents of a small Wyoming town when a group of Utes sets up camp nearby. The story is supposed to be based on an incident in 1906 when a band of Utes wandered about Wyoming after they were refused land rights at a reservation, and were accused -- generally falsely by citizens who wanted the Army to take action -- of numerous crimes. When the Indians came to Prairie City, 8-year-old David West's father, the sheriff, opposed the use of force against them. In ann attempt to bring about some action on the matter, two of the townsmen kidnapped David and then placed the blame on the Indians. The description of a widespread bias upon a community in reasonably suspenseful form.