With every new Chris Hale wagon train there is a probationary period everyone agrees to. If they or their gear do not meet muster, they can be dropped from the wagon train at Hanover. This time Caleb Lefton is having trouble. Bill has been helping him practice driving his team. He is slowing learning but the delays are straining the patience of businessman Martin Gatsby who wants to get west to open a new business. He is traveling with his wife and two hands: Jeb Colton, ex-wagon master and a Mexican cook named Arizona. Martin is complaining to Chris about the delays and Chris' own rules of the train which may force Chris to leave the Leftons behind. Chris reminds Martin that he too is violating the rules due to an overloaded wagon with an expensive dresser and wood stove along with unneeded camping accessories. Tragedy hits the Leftons while Gatsby and his wife must face their own issues as well the advice of Colton who hates Chris.