A wagon train heads down a trail, and through a narrow pass. Just the ind of place that is vulnerable to an ambush by wild indians. In the local town of Crystal Springs, the story of the ambush was told again and again.
Elsewhere, the Lone Ranger reports the serious news to Tonto of the impending range war between indians and white men. Soldiers are on the march to fight with the indian tribe, and Tonto is on the way to warn the peaceful indian people. Meanwhile Lone Ranger departs to try to make peace among white men, and find out who actually was behind the ambush.
When the indian camp is broken up, the Army thinks it’s a sign of guilt that the indians expected their visit. Back in town, Tonto uses a silver bullet as a calling card to get results in the town that is hostile toward his kind.
As the show reaches its final act, the plans of the Lone Ranger are well underway. Despite the news of the ambush, wagon trains keep on coming in search of the promises that await them out west. Who will protect them? There are some of the townspeople who are rearing for a fight, and the chance to act as escort.
The Army captain is called East to talk with the upcoming wagon train. The captain finds an empty wagon train, with all the people safely waiting in the last town back up the trail. It’s part of the plan and the Lone Ranger wants to demonstrate the secret of what is going on.
The wagon train is a lure to spring a trap for the bad guys. As they ride along, it gives the chance to tell the new Army captain about peaceful indians, and the kind of white men who would stoop so low as to kill, steal, and lay blame on others. The trap works, and the bad guy is caught. With all the ill feelings that were stirred up though, I think it’ll take a lot more doing to really prove to the locals that the indians really didn’t have a hand in things. Emotions and bigotry aren’t always so logical as just nabbing a bad guy.