At the end of 1856, in Northeast India's Malakai Pass, British Colonial troops, under the command of Captain Jeffrey Steven Claybourne (Rock Hudson, Giant), are staging an attack on Indian rebels' position. The rebels are part of a major Indian uprising against the rule of the British East India Company. British colonial troops, formed with local recruits called Sepoys are divided between soldiers loyal to the British Crown and mutineers fighting against their former masters. Captain Claybourne has no reasons to be concerned with the loyalties of the Sepoys under his command. He is loved and respected by his soldiers, especially after he disobeys retreat orders and rushes to the aid of a doomed company of Sepoys caught during an ill-planned attack. Despite the victory, Claybourne is court-martialed for disobeying orders and cashiered out of the army. As a civilian, he goes on safari only to have a mysterious stranger try and kill him. After returning to the city the local Rajah, who's in need of military men with good command skills, offers the post of general to Claybourne. In accepting this new position Claybourne is forced to chose between the British, his new employer and the Indian Insurrection.