The Story Line
Torres' safety at the mission is imperiled when a peasant informs Monastario of his hiding place in exchange for the reward money. Monastario takes the lancers and surrounds the mission, but when he tries to enter the church his path is blocked by Padre Felipe. The strong-willed commandante has met his match in the clergyman, for the padre demands that the soldiers leave without violating the sanctuary of the church. Otherwise, Monastario will face the wrath of the people, as well as the king of Spain and the Pope. With that threat hanging over him, Monastario exits but doesn't give up. Instead, the capitan forces the local Indians to build a road through a rocky area, vowing to make them work until Torres surrenders.
The cries of the slave workers are soon heard at the mission and Torres decides to surrender to spare them further hardship. Just as Torres walks out to give himself up, Zorro arrives and frees the Indians, who flee into the hills. Monastario races up behind Zorro and attacks the masked rider, but after a fierce battle the commandante is defeated and Zorro rides to safety once more.