Rodeo star John Scott (John Wayne) and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie (Eddy Chandler) are wrongly accused of armed robbery at the Rattlesnake Gulch rodeo just after John Scott gets his rodeo prize money. The Rodeo Official is robbed and murdered by Pete (Paul Fix) a minute after Scott and Kansas Charlie leave.
In Timbuktu, experienced guide Joe January (John Wayne) reluctantly joins a Saharan treasure hunting expedition led by Paul Bonnard (Rossano Brazzi), a man obsessed with confirming his dead father’s claim to have found a lost city. Dita (Sophia Loren), a woman of dubious reputation, becomes infatuated with Paul and his willingness to overlook her past. She invites herself along, despite Joe’s protests. During the tough dry ordeal, Joe and Dita become attracted to each other, raising tensions.
John Wayne stars in this western movie about two ranchers who strike it rich with a gold mine and the bad guys that want the gold.
When the vigilantes go after cattle rustler Lee Morgan, he responds by kidnapping the son of the head of the vigilantes. Years later, the story becomes interesting because the boy doesn’t know his father isn’t the outlaw.