The Story Line
Monastario tries a new plan to convict Torres and to capture Zorro. The Torres women are taken into the cuartel and placed in the stockade for all the townspeople to see, and Monastario announces that they will be kept there until they sign a statement acknowledging Torres as a traitor. Padre Felipe and Diego visit the capitan but find him adamant, despite their warnings that the people are growing resentful of the mistreatment of the women.
One person is particularly upset; Benito cannot stand to see his beloved Elena held in jail unjustly. That night a masked figure slips into the cuartel hoping to free the prisoners but is captured by the waiting Monastario. The commandante then orders Benito hanged immediately unless the women sign the statement.
Although they don't wish to see Benito harmed, Elena and her mother cannot bring themselves to turn against Torres, so it appears the man is doomed. When the time for the execution arrives, a priest meets Benito at the gallows, only to pull back his cowl and reveal himself as Zorro. The two outlaws battle their way free of the cuartel, leaving Monastario with yet another embarrassing defeat.