The year is 1809. It's been two years since the Holt brothers, Jefferson and his older brother Clay, were forced to leave their small Ohio town...after their parents' murder. Fresh from trapping on the frontier, Jeff heads back east in search of his young wife, Melissa, whose scheming father has convinced her that Jeff is dead. Meanwhile Clay and his beautiful Sioux wife, Shining Moon, are leading a dangerous canoe expedition up the Yellowstone River, battling Blackfoot warriors, killer bears and fierce storms. Neither Jeff nor Clay dreams that they are shaping the destiny of a nation and building a dynasty.