EXT. DESERT OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST - DAY
A mountain peak dominates the landscape.
Riders on horseback cross the desert. From this distance
they appear to be a company of Army Cavalry Soldiers.
CLOSER ANGLES ON THE RIDERS
Reveal only details of saddles, hooves and uniforms. The
riders are silhouetted against the rising sun as they ride
into an ancient CLIFF PUEBLO.
The OFFICER IN COMMAND raises his hand halting his troops.
RIDERS climb down from their mounts... and only now do we
realize that this is a TROOP OF BOY SCOUTS, all of them about
thirteen years of age. The "Commanding Officer" is only their
SCOUTMASTER, Mr. Havelock.
One of the Scouts, a pudgy kid named HERMAN, steps away from
his horse, bends over and pukes. The other Scouts rag on
A BLOND SCOUT, however, befriends Herman. He has a thatch of
straw-colored hair and the no-nonsense expression common to
kids whose curiosity and appetite for knowledge exceed what
they teach in school. Additionally, he has adorned his uniform
with an authentic HOPI INDIAN WOVEN BELT.
Chaps, don't anybody wander off.
Some of the passageways in here can
run for miles.
Two Boy Scouts climb up the rocky base of the cliff.
INT. THE PASSAGEWAY - DAY
The two boys head down the passageway. It's dark, and the
temperature drops several degrees. Spiders have built huge
webs that get caught in the boys' hair.
Herman appears very uncertain as to the wisdom of this
enterprise, but he's drawn on by his companion's adventurous
I don't think this is such a good
LAUGHTER is HEARD; the Blond Scout pulls Herman forward toward
The VOICES GROW LOUDER now as the boys get closer to their
source. The light of kerosene lanterns dances on the tunnel
walls ahead. The boys approach cautiously, careful to stay
What is it?
This is what they see:
FOUR MEN digging with shovels and pick-axes. They have broken
into one of the pueblo's SECRET CHAMBERS... called "Kivas."
The men are ROUGH RIDER (his name describes his dress), ROSCOE
(a Bowery Boy bully of 14) and HALFBREED (with straight black
hair that cascades over his shoulders).
And the fourth man wears a LEATHER WAIST JACKET and BROWN
FELT FEDORA HAT. He has his back turned to us, but we would
be willing to bet anything that this is INDIANA JONES.
However, when the man turns, and his face is illuminated by
the lantern's glow, we are shocked to discover that it is