Led by bounty hunter Gypsy Smith (Sidney Poitier), a US army detachment attempts to capture a suspected Indian renegade in a Cheyenne camp. But the mission goes wrong and there's a bloody massacre. Smith finds a small child called White Wolf among the bodies and takes him to the Maxwell family. The boy grows up not fully Indian, not fully white but fully in love with the Maxwell's daughter Rachel, to the disapproval of her father. Years later Gypsy Smith reappears leading a group of black settlers and White Wolf (or Corby - his 'white' name) joins them to try to return to his own people. A magnificent epic drama that tackles the issues of racism, love and conflict in the Wild West of the 1880s.