While hunting strays, Buck and Blue come upon two orphaned Apache boys
whose parents have been killed by Pima marauders. Attempts to assist them are
only partially successful, but when Buck and Blue head for home, the boys
follow. On their way back to Chaparral, though, the party is attacked by a
band of four Pima Indians. Buck and Blue drive them off, only to find that
the Apache boys have also disappeared. Not for long, though, it seems, for
the next time Buck turns around, they're back, only this time there are
four little Indians on that paint pony.
Buck and Blue debate what to do
with their followers.
The crew is amused at John being
mistaken for an apostle.
Back at the Chaparral, Big John is less than thrilled. Though he
sympathizes, sort of, he also knows the danger of harboring the orphans -
especially when he finds out it was the Pima after them. Victoria prevails
upon him, though, and he agrees to let the children stay a little while so
that she can feed them. At this, the children bless themselves, and
Vaquero learns that they have mistaken John for John the Apostle, whom
they believe the holiest, and the succor of little children. John's
family and the Chaparral hands find this frankly hilarious; John finds
it less so.
At Mano's urging, Vaquero asks for
more information from Choddi.
Once he leaves, though, it is Manolito who determines what is really
going on. Asking Vaquero to interpret, he asks first how many Pima were
in the raiding party and then why it was that four full grown Pima were
chasing two small Apache across the desert.
Mano knows they have a sack of hot
potatoes on their hands.
It is then that the truth comes out - Choddi is the grandson of Geronimo
- and Manolito suggests that they have themselves one sack of hot
potatoes! No one is ready to tell Big John, yet, however. The hands all
set out to make the boys presentable, starting with baths.
Victoria discovers the second little
girl hiding in the summer kitchen.
While they're at it, Victoria sets out to do something with
their clothes. As she's at it, she and Violeta find two more little Apache
hiding in the summer kitchen, two little girls, bringing the total, now,
to six. Then Big John comes onto the scene, demanding to know what is
going on, and if anyone has discovered anything about the children. When
Vaquero admits that Choddi is Geronimo's grandson, he blows his stack and
is about ready to demand that the children all be returned to the desert,
but Victoria sends the littlest Apache girl to him, and Big John, who is
really a big soft heart, relents.
The children are all fed, clothed and put to bed, with Reno singing the
lullaby, but after the ranch hands have all retired, Choddi uses the
lamp to send a signal out into the desert. John stops him, and when he
won't admit what he was doing, tells Manolito to watch him. The rest of
the night is quiet, but the next morning there are two more Apache boys
asleep with the others. John is disgruntled at running an Apache
orphanage, and even more concerned that the Pima might have seen the
signal too. He sets Buck and the men to setting up the barricades, but
as they do, Pedro sees two more wanderers just beyond the perimeter
fence - two more Apache girls one of them a mere baby.
The children wait for John's
Choddi's grandfather, Geronimo,
a trap at the High Chaparral.
John can hardly turn them away. Needing to return
his ten little Indians to their rightful kin, however, he takes the men
and goes looking for Geronimo - who has been watching the Chaparral, and
wants to know how much ransom John wants for his grandson. Suspecting a
trap, he does not believe John when the latter tells him there is no
ransom, and John invites him to come see for himself that the children are
safe. A nice idea, except that the children themselves have panicked and
gone into hiding. Geronimo gives John until sunset to find them, or he
will attack the ranch.
The sun is nearly set when Blue finds the lot hiding under a bush. They
herd them back into the compound and prepare for Geronimo's arrival.
John tries to explain to them why he must send them back - that he is
not an apostle, just a man trying to do the right thing for all of them.
Choddi answers, in English to everyone's astonishment, that he knows
John is not a holy man, but that he is a good man, and that Choddi, too,
is just trying to take care of his responsibilities, the orphaned
children who have trusted themselves to him. Moved, John praises Choddi
and tells him he will be a great chief someday, perhaps one who can help
them all live together in peace.
Choddi finally reveals that he
English after all.
Geronimo's men ride in the back gate
to rescue the High Chaparral from the Pima.
While they talk, Vaquero signals that Geronimo is
approaching, and Buck and Blue ride out to meet him. They come back in a
hurry, though, chased not by Geronimo, but the Pima. John rushes the men
to the barricades and the children, except for Choddi, into the house. The
battle looks like it is not going well for the Chaparral, and then
Geronimo arrives to lend a hand, let in through the back gate by his
grandson. Geronimo and his braves chase the Pima away.
The Apache return, and as the men settle the children with them, John
says good-bye to Choddi. He also tells the boy to tell his grandfather
that it's been nice having him on their side. Geronimo tells them that
tomorrow is another day, but John is still pleased enough at the
outcomes to offer a dozen head of cattle for the families who take in
the children. Choddi manfully refuses, telling John that the Apache will
take care of their own. Everyone says goodbye, and the ten little
Indians and their new families ride away.
Blue and Buck say goodbye to the
(Synopsis by Sheryl Clay)