In the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, four top soldiers in the Army Special Forces disappear on a routine training mission. Michael Rooker and Casper Van Dien lead a crew of eight top-notch soldiers to track down the inexplicable demise of their comrades.
Though the soldiers have no idea what they are looking for, their search leads them to an old, blind Indian who tells them the tale of Cotton Mouth Joe — the bravest and most ferocious warrior in an Indian tribe that, four hundred years previously, slaughtered his entire tribe in a fit of rage. Only one young girl was spared—the Morningstar. According to legend, she alone has the power to send Cotton Mouth to his mortal grave.
The soldiers believe the old Indian is crazy and that the story is nothing more than a myth…until the terrifying spirit of Cotton Mouth ominously materializes upon a black stallion, wielding a lethal spear. The Skeleton Man has returned from the depths of hell to rain death and destruction upon any mortal who dares cross his path…this time it is the soldiers who are locked dead in his sights.