Depicts a southern soldier taking a slave back to the Confederate States. Though the soldier has been very cruel, when he is bitten by a snake, the slave saves his life instead of using the opportunity to escape. Robert Rex is the soldier. Bob Deckard is the slave.
Probably no one will believe that this film was contrived and written before the author was aware of Warner Brothers' "The Defiant Ones." We had hoped to be the first to show a stirring drama between a colored and a white boy. But our plot is quite different. Robert Deckard is an escaped slave who is pursued by Robert Rex, a southern soldier. When he is caught, the soldier is merciless in his treatment. After miles of walking in a miserable heat they come upon a lake and the soldier drinks and reluctantly lets the slave drink also. Then the soldier determines he will bathe himself and again with reluctance he allows the slave to bathe. The soldier is in the act of dressing and is reading down for his belt, trying to keep one eye on the slave when he doesn't notice that instead of picking up his belt he is actually reaching for a snake which has crawled by the belt. When he grabs it, the resentful snake bites him. Ina few minutes he is writing in agony. Instead of escaping, the slave rushes over and kills the snake, grabs the boys knife and begins to cut the bite. When the half crazed soldier points his gun at him, he merely pushes it aside. Cutting the bite he sucks out the poison while the soldier's writhing agonies gradually subside into unconsciousness. The boy awakens later to find the slave still tending him and helping him to get dressed. The slave holds out his writs for the soldier to take him back, but instead the latter give him the knife, bids him good bye and they both go off on their separate ways.