Burt Lancaster is the patriarchal brother and protector of the
Zachary Family — Audie Murphy, Doug McClure, and Audrey
Hepburn — who have lost their father in a massacre. Lillian Gish
portrays their sweet, stern mother.
In this adventure, the Zacharys are taunted by a mysterious
ghost-like, one-eyed soldier. Seeking personal revenge upon the
family for a “hurt” caused by the late Mr. Zachary, the soldier
spreads rumors that Rachel (Hepburn), who was adopted as a baby,
is a Kiowa Indian. Ultimately the “crazy, old man” ends up executed,
but the fuel from his ramblings is enough to get things heated up a
bit — with the Indians anxious to take Rachel ‘home,” and the white
neighbors just as anxious to toss her to them.