Scalped Apaches are being found on the High Chaparral. In Tucson Big John discovers the owner of a mining company is paying bounty for Apache scalps because they closed his mine. An irritated Big John hits the owner. A group of hunters shoots a trio of Apaches. When Chad son of the leader Jake Stoner turns his back, one of the braves playing possum knifes him. They take Chad to the High Chaparral where Victoria forces Big John to allow Chad to stay but he runs the rest off the ranch. The mine owner offers Jake $500 to kill Cannon but Jake refuses to kill a white man. The owner tries to goad Jake into killing Big John by saying Big John is holding Chad hostage. Jake returns to the ranch finding Chad well tended but with no desire to return to his father. Later while hunting the Apaches, Jake's partners are killed but he escapes. As the Apache chase him, he meets Big John, Blue and Chad. All four take cover in a ravine. After a short battle, the Apache leader Soldado tells Big John he ...