When Seth Copeland returns home to Kentucky after the Civil War, he is a different man. Having expanded his horizons during the war, he finds himself suddenly restless, his mind filled with the tales of his fellow soldiers in arms about the wide-open spaces and cheap lands of Texas. Packing up his family and earthly belongings, he sets out on a daunting trek across three states.
The journey is perilous and filled with many obstacles, including fighting off cougars and sneaky mule thieves who plague the post-Civil War South. Deeper into Texas is worse, a land of fearless Comanches and ruthless bandits, but Seth and the family forge on. Certain of their belief that if they make it, they will become one of the big cattle-baron families of the Lone Star State.