Part 1: Gold is first discovered in California. The new American dream is born. Boston Company, a motley group of gold seekers including Dr. Charles Robinson, make the dangerous trek west to the gold fields while entrepreneur Sam Brannan mines the miners.
Part 2: Brannan takes over the gold fields, evicting miners from their claims, but the men of Boston Company won't back down without a fight. Doc Robinson leads a protest that devolves into a battle that will change the miners - and the country - forever.