A woman and her son, taken by Comanche's over ten years ago, suddenly return to their town. The wagon train pulls into Fort Pierce and tries to secure troops for an escort through Indian territory. The vice-president of the Kansas and Pacific Railroad must determine whether to go around a mountain or lose men trying to tunnel through it. Cooper Smith fights his way into a guarded compound to try to save his captured friends, who are prisoners of the Widow O'Rourke. Robert Harrison Clarke is a London news correspondent out to prove that thriller dime novels glorifying the Wild West are false. Cooper Smith accompanies Grace Marshall to try to save her sister Myra from a life of degradation. Barney is taken hostage by an outlaw, Sam Spicer , who, along with his partner, Reno Sutton, has just robbed the local bank. Cooper Smith starts romancing Sam Pulaski's sister, Rose, and comes to supper one night and meets Sam, he realizes that he and Sam have met before, and under unpleasant circumstances. Eli Bancroft and his family are run off of their farm burned because his pregnant wife is sick and the town fear contagion. He turns to desperate measures. Kitty marries a man who she later finds out is already married. Sandra was a Union spy being held in a Rebel prison when she coaxes a young soldier, Jefferson Smith, to let her escape along with her partner. Duke Shannon is out scouting when he hears a shot and finds a small group of wagons lost. While scouting for water crossing the desert, Coop finds a prospector, John Cain , who is half dead from exposure and thirst. Cassie takes care of a sick woman on the train and money is stolen from that wagon. Canaby's small wagon train, became more difficult to operate. He began imposing restrictions on his riders, until one day several go missing. Michael Malone is hired by Cooper Smith to drive two women to California, a grandmother and her granddaughter. Jed was one of three brothers who robbed a train of $100,000. One brother was killed during the robbery and the other disappeared in the West, while Jed went to jail. Once out, he searches f... A pregnant women and her husband move west, but along the way she wishes to go back home and makes a rash move to turn the wagon train around. Kate runs a freight line and is on her way to deliver gunpowder when she learns a wagon train led by her old friend, Chris Hale, will be passing by. An old clock-maker, Grover is fired by his tyrant boss after 40 years on the job. Duke Shannon had scouted Andrew Elliott's expedition to find a pass on the other side of the badlands in which Duke was the lone survivor. A recent widow, Melanie Craig , is courted by four young men, including Duke Shannon. Pearlie Garnet , a young, pretty girl comes west on the wagon train and is caught stealing. The wagon train passes by a town where there have been several murders within the past few weeks, following an influx of new residents. Bill Hawks and Duke Shannon encounter Duncan McIvor when returning to the wagon train from a scouting trip. Ben Engel befriends a young thief, Harry Deal, and takes him and his wife, who is pregnant, under his wing. After the war they all head west. Barnaby West and a couple of his friends play several pranks on people while Chris Hale is away from the train. Coop escorts a young lady from the train to San Sabo where her uncle lives. They arrive in town in the midst of a renegade's uprising. Link Cheney is a famous riverboat gambler and as he moves west, he gets into a high stakes game. An aging trailblazer, Zebedee Titus, brings his beaver skins to trading post for his yearly supplies. Riders say goodbye to friends made on the trip on their last night on the trail before reaching their destination.