Two young cousins, Frank Blake and Tim Holt, are on their separate ways to test themselves in life. It is 1895. Frank, full of anger, is in a boxcar heading west to the California oil fields. Tim is a newsman in San Francisco, mixed up with a fiery suffragette who tests his manhood.
The California Gold Rush of 1848 represented the American Dream come true, but for the settlers who lived there, it was an all-out assault on the homes they’d struggled so hard to build; boomtowns arose overnight, teeming with outlaws, killers, and desperate men. For some homesteaders, freedom was the real golden opportunity and America the dream worth fighting for.
In 1858, when gold is discovered in the Colorado region, thousands descend on Denver like a hungry swarm. General Lee Burke, a pioneer of the Oregon Trail, must take on the greatest challenge of all. Under orders from U.S. President James Buchanan, he must gain the support of Colorado, to forge the fate of a nation. With tensions between the North and South heating up, soon every American will be called upon.
Virginia City, 1861. As thousands of fortune-seekers descend on the silver-rich boomtown hoping to cash in on the Comstock Lode, a very different cause unites the ranks of courageous soldiers in the coming Civil War - the supreme battle for America's future.