An unusual story of a handsome young Indian, a Nez Perce, Red Fox, who flees from the white man's school and the domination of the army to return to his people, and to serve as aide to the distinguished Chief Joseph, one of the great Indians of that disgraceful chapter of American history, with its lies and broken promises. This story is set in the Northwest, at the time of the last bitter stand for freedom on the part of the Indians who aided Lewis and Clark. Partly through the fine spy work of Red Fox, his knowledge of the white man's ways and of reading and writing, the tribe survives the pressure of numbers and equipment as the Army pushes them from territory to territory. A long, sometimes bitter, often exciting picture of Indian life and character, with realistic bits of humor and some romance, this ends with Chief Joseph's decision to surrender. There is a note of hope as Red Fox accepts the offer of the white man who had become his friend to go into the business of breeding horses, with his tribe's Apaloosa horses as his share.