The 1860's: the country is recovering from Civil War, but General George Armstrong Custer (Robert Shaw) still wants to fight. Sent into the untamed Dakota territory, Custer is publicly charged with keeping the area safe for settlers. But his true orders are quite clear: drive the Cheyenne off their reservations by any means necessary, stealing their land so gold mining and rail-road building can proceed. The Cheyenne, however, disagree with the plan. Violently. And soon the government tries to make Custer the scapegoat for failing to prevent several massacres. But Custer has a plan for his return to glory - and it's called 'Little Big Horn'.