Inuk (Anthony Quinn), an Eskimo hunter, offers his wife, Asiak (Yôko Tani), to a visiting Christian missionary as a courtesy, which is a custom of his people. When the missionary refuses this offer with disdain, an angered Inuk attacks and accidentally kills him. After Inuk is later caught by a pair of troopers who seek to return him for a trial, they face a blizzard. The troopers must decide whether to let the resourceful Inuk help them. Otherwise, they all may perish in the storm.