While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort, a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers, try to come to terms with their pasts.
They called him saddle-bum...desert rat...pistolero...but where would they have been without Chuka on that bloody summer's day.
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Did You Know?
For a story that occurs in 1876, there is a problem when the main characters arrive at the fort. There is a soldier being whipped for desertion. Whipping or flogging had been banned by the U.S. Army as of 5 August 1861. See more
Col. Stuart Valois
I've discovered, Mr. Chuka, that to a savage kindness means weakness. He'll despise you for it. The moment you turn your back, he'll put a knife in it. I offer you that piece of intelligence. It might save your life someday.
Colonel, they're awful hungry out there. I think they're mean. And unless you give them food or the rifles to hunt their own, they're gonna come in here and *take* it. That's a little piece of intelligence that might save *your* life sometime.