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Following General Taylor's departure for Washington, white renegades and their Comanche minions, posing as Apaches, attack small ranches. By such means the whites hope to discredit the Apaches and secure for themselves the rich Indian pastures. Tom, a witness to the bogus raids, and Paloma, a halfbreed, are escorted by Old Shatterhand to a wagon train commanded by cavalry Captain Bradley. The train is later attacked, and two Apaches are killed. Sensing treachery, Shatterhand consults Apache chief Winnetou, his blood brother. When Tom is slain, Shatterhand concludes that Bradley has instigated the hoax. Tujunga, Winnetou's son, is imprisoned as a murder suspect by Bradley. Despite his son's presence, Winnetou attacks the fort when Shatterhand is taken prisoner. During the battle, many die, including Tujunga, who explodes the store of ammunition. The fighting is interrupted by the return of General Taylor, who arrests Captain Bradley and announces conclusion of a peace treaty between the Apaches and the federal government.