Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In the northwest of modern-day Argentina, a new Indian ranch-worker has come to work on a cattle ranch. He left his old home after living through the accidental death of his son which, irrationally, he felt responsible for. At his new place of work, the chief gaucho (foreman or head cowboy) has an illegitimate son who is about the age of the Indian's dead son, and they become friends. This irritates the chief gaucho; even though he refuses to acknowledge the boy as his own or have much to do with him, he's still jealous of his parental rights. Meanwhile, the son of the ranch's owner has come back from studying scientific agriculture in the U.S. He persuades his dad that ranching is a low-profit business and that they should convert the whole spread over to tobacco. This spells hardship for almost everyone involved.