In 1902, Sgt. Judd Norcutt (John Agar) is serving with occupying U.S. forces in a remote village in the Philippines. The United States is there to give foreign aid, but the villagers are terrified, the local military is combative and the native bandits are vicious. Slowly, Sgt. Norcutt, Sgt. Heisler (Richard Arlen) and Pvt. Haines (Bill Phipps) win over the locals. But, until they can turn back the resistance of Capt. Magno Maxalla (Pancho Magalona), they'll never be able to bring about peace.