The Story Line
Having been humiliated at the loss of his prisoner and his battle with Zorro, Monastario has ordered his men to place wanted posters throughout the pueblo. The wily commandante tells Garcia that he wants every effort made to capture the two men, but it's obvious that the one he really wants is the mysterious Zorro. Diego, meanwhile, has continued to develop his dual persona as Zorro by moving Tornado to a secret cave beneath the hacienda. He shows Bernardo a series of tunnels and hidden doors built into the house's walls, which will let him come and go without detection, then rides to the mission to check on the safety of Don Ignacio Torres, who is hiding from Monastario.
When he returns home there is an unpleasant surprise waiting, for Monastario has come prepared with a mask and cape much like Zorro's. To discover Zorro's true identity, Monastario plans to make each man in the pueblo don the costume, but he changes his mind when he sees how awkward Diego is. To further convince Monastario, Diego insists on wearing the mask and fencing with the capitan, who agrees laughingly that Diego cannot be Zorro.
The commandante does suspect someone in the household, however, for he has noted a resemblance between Zorro and Benito, the chief vaquero. When Benito cannot supply an alibi for the time Zorro has appeared, Monastario's suspicions are confirmed. Believing that he can force Benito to prove he is Zorro, the commandante challenges him to a duel, only to be interrupted by the real Zorro. After defeating Monastario, Zorro leads the frustrated soldier and his men on a wild chase, escaping with a spectacular leap over a gaping chasm.