A famous Indian fighter tells his own story of the war against the Nez Perce. Patriot of a lost cause, he has had the courage to present the Indian side of the picture, to show a people, prosperous, content, keeping to themselves while they raised herds of cattle and horses. Then came the order to go into reservations -- and they refused and chose war, if necessary. This is the story of that war, and reveals a none too savory portrait of a voracious and expanding white ""civilization"". He gives but a meagre glimpse of his youth in eastern Oregon. Then in 1877 the army came -- and most of the balance tells of battles, of retreats, of forced marches with women, children and herds, of reprisals, and eventually of defeat. The aftermath, when the Indians understood that they could go back to their lands, is a tragic story, told with sparse detail. Finally, the reservation and submission.