A hunting expedition of frontier settlers has run afoul of a war party of hostile savages who outnumber them two to one. The settlers make a run for a nearby outpost of the 60th Foot. Half of the indians pursue the hunters while the other half loops around to cut them off from the fort. Hearing scattered musket shots and war whoops the Captain commanding the fort forms up part of the garrison and leads them to the rescue. When he comes in view of the hunters and their pursuers he can tell it is too late to effect a rescue, so he positions his men on a wooded hill to cover the escape of as many of the settlers as can elude the hostiles. In the end a few of the settlers are cut down, but most of them make it to the clearing below the redcoat position. The indians fade back into the forest rather than engage their reinforced opponent in such a stron position.