Lucien Charot runs a freight line into Tucson. He has been faking attacks by the Apaches to allow him to raise the prices of the goods he brings in with the aid of some local businessmen. Big John is fed up and after Charot doubles the prices on his last trip he decides to have competition by having a line come in from El Paso through the Apache lands with whom he has peace. Charot keeps pushing the fact there are Apache attacks by having an Apache lance found at the site of High Chaparral cattle killed. To counteract this news, Big John makes a personal trip into Apache land to meet with Cochise who agrees to the freight line. When this doesn't stop Big John, Charot has a local rancher burned out. This causes the local support for the new line to die so Big John and Victoria agree to bring a stagecoach through themselves. Charot tries to take out the coach but Big John's men drive off the attack and leave Charot a choice between Cochise and the law in Tucson.