Based partially on fact, this is the story of an Indian girl whose family dared to leave the tribe for a Christian life in a mission, in California in the 1800s. Pasquala delighted in her life at Santa Ynez and fervently believed in the teachings of Father Uria, despite the ever-present threat of doom reiterated time and again by her uncle, chief of the ?Tulares. The chief's vengeance is satisfied however, and Pasquala is captured and forced live among the Indians for four years. The tribe's war philosophy soon seeks expression and the mission community is their object. With her life in the balance, Pasquala escapes and warns Father Uria in time earning a place in mission history as a major heroine. An interesting if not a truly moving story.