Cathy Brennan is leaving the comfort of her Nebraska home to travel the Oregon Trail. It's the spring of 1849 and she's brutally unaware of what awaits her upon her departure. Despite the many hardships ahead, romance is on the horizon. Childhood friend and love interest, Shane Mackenzie, earns a place in her heart, wrangling cattle and dangerous obstacles along the trail. Love blossoms and the couple soon find themselves embraced by their new family of traveling companions, a lovable cast of gold prospectors, gamblers, and even a fast-talking Madame and her charming ladies of "ill-repute," risk life and limb as they journey across the Great Frontier. Together, they challenge conventional beliefs. The young pioneers will soon discover an evil lurking within the seemingly quiet plains of the northwest.