Having a reputation as a good scout, Sam is hired by an Indian named, Black Cloud. On the reservation, Sam learns of a meeting with an engineer and an attempt to regain a lost artifact. Sam is also to guard a wampum belt. Hobart is said to have disappeared, a matter of amusement to his partner, Watts, but Sam finds the missing man in disguise in China town.
Little White Lilac, the chief’s well educated daughter, tracks Sam down to tell what’s really behind the transaction between her dad and Humbart. An oil well on indian land might stand to make people rich, but at the cost of ruining the nature of the land. A thump on the head puts Sam on the outs with the Indian maid. On top of that, Sam’s office has been ransacked, and the wampum belt is gone.
Confronting the chief to quit the case, Little White Lilac denies any involvement, and Sam is over a barrel when he is expected to return the wampum belt. The real question will be in finding the truth about who is telling lies, and who isn’t. ep170, 490925Effie holds the key when she has had the wampum belt in her possession.