|A group of bandits, led by Sammy Cook, kidnapped a young half-breed Arapaho named Little Bear. The indians, with the help of Winnetou and Big Bear, are close on their heels. The kidnappers hide in an old ruin and open fire upon the rescue party. Winnetou gets away, but is seriously injured.
Napoleon Charbonneau, a travelling fotographer, finds the unconscious Apache Chief and takes his picture. When he finds that Winnetou is still alive, he takes him with him, but he is stopped by Paiutes, a nomad tribe. Napoleon tries convince them that he didn't have anything to do with the shooting.
When Old Shatterhand shows up, the misunderstanding is finally setteld. He takes Winnetou back to the Paiute camp to take care of him and he manages to get the bullet out of Winnetou's thigh. The bad guys however are still after Winnetou, and the fight continues, this time the Chief gets help from the Paiutes.