The year is 1822, and the Mimbreno Apache Indians enter into an agreement with a Mexican mining company, relinquishing all mining rights and pledging the safety of the copper town of Santa Rita del Cobre. In return, the company guarantees the livelihood of the Indians, whose hunting grounds are fast disappearing. Unfortunately, American companies are also interested in the precious metal deposits, and the Apaches are ultimately massacred under their orders. On the eve of the Mexican-American war, Ulzana, a young Apache warrior, sets out to avenge the extermination of his tribe.
Based loosely on James Fenimore Cooper's short story, "Deerslayer," this German production focuses on the attempts made by white men to exploit and eventually expel or exterminate the American Indians. Only Chingachgook, last of the Mohicans, and his white friend Deerslayer stand in the way of mass annihilation.