- 1 hr 24 min
Hondo (John Wayne) is a man tasked with a hard job. An army dispatch rider on the edge of Indian Territory, his work is pitted with perils, from Indian war bands to stubborn homesteaders. Little does he know that the greatest peril he shall face is Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page), a farmer more stubborn than a mule, intent on waiting for her husband to return and work the ranch with her. She feels the Indians will bypass her lands because they have never been trouble before, despite Hondo's warnings to the contrary. Only when Hondo is captured by the Indians does Angie begin to realize the sensitive state of affairs between the red man and the white, and lies about her relationship to Hondo to get Vittorio (Michael Pate), the Apache chief, to set Hondo free, claiming he is her husband. Only then does Hondo know he must reveal the truth about Angie's real husband, but in doing so he risks losing the woman he has grown close to. With the Indians on the war path, he must convince her to stay with him even after she's learned the truth about her husband.