Ella was excited to start a new life with her fiancé, but the trip and the man turned out very different than she expected.
Ella journeyed by stagecoach to meet up with her cousin and fiancé Frank. Ella was excited to meet her future husband, but Frank's reaction was less than amorous. The pair joined a group headed to the Owl River Valley led by a tall, dark-haired scout. Unfortunately, the pioneers were attacked by Comanche indians and forced to hold up in an abandoned way station.
Ella cared for Frank after he was injured in an exchange of fire with the Comanche, but the stress of the situation was wearing on him. When Frank pushed her away, Ella found friendship with wagon driver Beef Simpkins, and later Beef saved her from the unwanted advances of the Utah Kid. Frank finally cracked under the strain and loudly insulted his fiancé in front of everyone. Ella had enough, handed him back the ring and declared their engagement over. Frank approached her later and gave her the ring back as a gift and a kind of apology for treating her so badly.
The situation for the settlers worsened as their food and water ran out. To save everyone, the guide made a deal with the Comanche chief for a contest to the death in a mire of quicksand. Ella held onto Beef as the two men sank up to their chins in the goop. The Comanche gave in and rescued their leader from the quicksand, as did the colonists. His honor satisfied, the Comanche chief let Ella and the settlers leave in peace.
Was Ella headed for true love in the arms of wagon driver Beef? Only the stars can tell.