Set in Kansas during the early 1900s, a teen-aged Native American boy
(newcomer Winter Fox Frank) is taken from his family and forced to
attend a distant Indian "training" school to assimilate into White
society. When he escapes to return to his family, Sam Franklin (Wes
Studi), a bounty hunter of Cherokee descent, is hired to find and return
him to the institution. Franklin, a former Indian scout for the U.S.
Army, has renounced his Native heritage and has adopted the White Man's
way of life, believing it's the only way for Indians to survive. Along
the way, a tragic incident spurs Franklin's longtime nemesis, the famous
"Indian Fighter" Sheriff Henry McCoy (J. Kenneth Campbell), to pursue
both Franklin and the boy.