Students at a racially-mixed school on an Indian reservation clash with residents of the nearby, mostly bigoted white town. Their pacifism is put to the test when the deputy sheriff's runaway daughter seeks refuge there. The school's protector is Billy Jack, a halfbreed army veteran with a highly developed intuitive sense and unbeatable martial arts skills.
All the stock characters are here: the corrupt deputy sheriff; the wealthy, violent rustler and his son who hates him but takes after him; the idealistic teacher; and the honest sheriff.
The movie presents pacifism and Native American spirituality in a good light, along with some good old fashioned horse sense. The plot involves a deputy sheriff's runaway daughter; ; and a heaping dose of improvisational theater.