In 1870, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a previous individual from the Confederate Infantry who presently earns enough to pay the rent venturing out town to town perusing papers for the general population for ten pennies for every individual. Following one such night of information perusing, Kidd sets out for his next area when he experiences an upset cart out and about. Getting off to explore further, he experiences a lynched individual of color and a youthful white young lady named Johanna who is wearing Native American garments. After an experience with a Union Army watch, Kidd is told to take the young lady to Union authorities at a designated spot in a town up the street where they will figure out her Bureau of Indian Affairs administrative work and make sure she is gotten back to her enduring family. Hesitantly, Kidd submits to the solicitation.
At the Union designated spot Kidd is educated that the Bureau regarding Indian Affairs delegate is on the booking and will be inaccessible for a quarter of a year. Looking for cover with a previous Confederate infantryman, Kidd peruses the news and after returning, hesitantly acknowledges duty regarding restoring the young lady to her enduring family. As the two set out they endeavor to discover shared belief, however neither one of the ones has a lot of achievement in speaking with the other. This is additionally accumulated at the following stop, when Kidd is faced by three ex-Confederate officers turned lawbreakers who express a premium in buying the young lady from Kidd. Kidd cannot, however the three men seek after, prompting a shootout in the wild during which Johanna and Kidd conquer snags to cooperate for self-safeguarding.
At the following stop, Kidd experiences an extreme band of civilian army attempting to “purify” the province from “outcasts”. Kidd is contracted to peruse the affirmed news from the town’s chief, yet rather picks to peruse from an alternate paper about a gathering of coal diggers who rally against a barbarous man whose refusal to submit to security norms put his excavators in danger. Kidd’s story instigates common agitation, and at last outcomes in Johanna gunning down the town’s chief and saving Kidd. In the result, Kidd and Johanna join a cart train destined for a town with the railroad line prior to veering off to find Johanna’s enduring family. During the excursion Kidd’s cart is wrecked, leaving Johanna and Kidd to proceed by walking until the pair experience Kiowa tribesmen from whom Johanna can get a pony.
Kidd and Johanna ultimately contact her auntie and uncle’s farmstead, the previous uncovering that Johanna’s folks had struck out all alone and moved to slope country where the land would be less expensive; this prompted them being slaughtered in a Kiowa assault. Kidd hesitantly leaves Johanna (who is safe) with them, and re-visitations of San Antonio. His better half, Maria Luisa Betancourt Kidd, kicked the bucket from cholera in 1865. Presently with no family, he visits the mission where she is covered, and forlornly leaves his wedding band and memento containing her image on her grave.