Naive young Irishman Samuel T. Evans packs the family printing press and heads west. After the greenhorn lightens his wallet at the St. Louis merchants, he joins the wagon train where he finds love and a wife in a girl named Melanie. The young couple share the adventure of life on the trial. But Sam seems to experience more than his share of the adventure. For one, Sam's horses don't take kindly to the clumsy greenhorn. And the Indians don't go easy on him, either. Even after being warned of the thieving Indians, the unfortunate greenhorn loses a valuable horse. But that's only the start of what the Indians do to Samuel T. Evans. Everything culminates when the Indians mistake Sam as the leader of the wagon train and kidnap him for ransom. But the fiery Irishman proves to be a handful even for the Indians, who gladly trade the man of the "Irish tribe" back to the wagon train. Not everything goes wrong for Sam, however. Melanie has good news for him - he's going to be a father - if only...
Did You Know?
Melanie tells Sam their baby is due in September, which means she got pregnant in January or February. However, wagon trains heading West set out in mid-April to early May and the trip took three to six months; it's a 2000 mile trip and they traveled 10-20 miles per day. It's more likely the baby would be due in March or later, and they would arrive in Sacramento between August and November. See more