Molly Kincaid seeks her revenge upon the man whose cowardice resulted in her being taken prisoner by hostile Native Americans.
An Army colonel orders the disgruntled wife of a subordinate officer to leave the fort with the wagon train.
Hale guides hard-as-nails railroad tycoon Gus Morgan through the mountains to try to find a passable route for Morgan's railroad.
Duke Shannon and Charlie Wooster are held prisoner by an exiled Chinese princess and forced to work as slave labor. Cooper Smith arrives on the scene to rescue them and might be successful due to his resemblance to the princess' late husband.
Robert Harrison Clarke, a British journalist, decides that traveling with the wagon train would be a good place for him to learn about the wild west. However, his carelessness and naivete lead to a showdown with a dangerous Native American chief.
Coop escorts prim and proper Grace Marshall to the wild and wooly town of Fortune City where she reunites with her estranged sister, Myra, who's now an opium addict.
Outlaws Sam Spicer and Reno Sutton take Barnaby West hostage after robbing a bank.
When Brooklyn street thug Sam Pulaski and his sister join the wagon train, Coop recognizes him as the leader of a gang that once robbed him and left him for dead.
Outlaw Eli Bancroft and his three sons rob Coop's party and leave them stranded in the wilderness.
Kitty Pryer marries to Victor Harpe but discovers that he's already married to another woman. Harpe is then found murdered and Kitty is convicted of the crime and sentenced to hang. Her only hope of avoiding the hangman is an alcoholic former attorney who's traveling with the train and wants to re-open the matter.
Singer Sandra Cummings objects to her daughter's romance with Cooper Smith because she views him as the love 'em and leave 'em type.
Ma Bleecker and her gang join the wagon train disguised as farmers in order to gain entry into Fort Bridger and steal a deposit of gold being stored there.
Prospector John Cain is so glad that the wagon train saved him from death by exposure in the desert that he offers to sell his shares in a gold mine to travelers. Then he changes his mind.
Songs: Frank McGrath -- Go West with Horace Best (harmonica version)
Former convict Cassie Vance is the leading suspect in the theft of the savings of another passenger whose wife Cassie had been nursing.
Fenton Canaby is no Bart Maverick. He's a wagonmaster who deserted his train and left his passengers to die of thirst in the desert. In an attack of conscience, Canaby turns himself into Hale, who tries to keep his identity secret in order to avert a lynching.
Special Guest Stars: Jack Kelly
as Fenton Canaby |
Juli Holland falls in love with wagon driver Michael Malone but he has some secrets in his past.
Respected sheriff Frank Lewis is revealed to be Jed Whitmore, a wanted outlaw.
Pregnant Geneva Balfour starts a chain reaction which leads to a move to oust wagonmaster Chris Hale.
Wagonmaster Chris Hale gets engaged to freight line owner Kate Crawley but their wedding plans are put on hold by the unexpected arrival of a Native American war party.
Grover Allen murders his tyrannical employer and flees the scene with his daughter-in-law and grandson. They join up with the wagon train but so does a detective.
Duke Shannon is held for questioning by the Army as to why he returned alone after leading a party of six into the badlands.
Duke Shannon vies with three other men for the hand of attractive young widow Melanie Craig but she has her eye on a fifth man who's an avowed woman hater.
Scheming Pearlie Garnet gets herself kicked off the wagon train for theft but later ends up the richest (and most despised) woman in a western town.
When the wagon train stops to rest at a town called Bedrock, a series of murders occur. Is the culprit someone on the train or a townsperson?
Lt. Duncan McIvor is puzzled when his commanding officer orders him to halt his investigation into recent thefts of military property.
Harry Diel is saved from a lynch mob by Ben Engel, a man he once tried to rob.
Barnaby West runs away after Bill Hawks gives him a spanking for getting out of line too much. Hawks is so upset by this turn of events that he begins making errors in judgment regarding the wagon train.
Coop travels to a town where a mysterious band of outlaws has turned killing Comanches into a lucrative business.
Duke Shannon gets framed for murder when he tries to help a widow of a friend who's being forced to work for a ruthless saloon owner.
Gambler Euchre Jones is reunited with his former protege, Link Cheney, on the wagon train but their reunion isn't one of good cheer.
Hale gives washed up scout Zebedee Titus a job with the wagon train out of respect for his former glory, but Titus' mistakes lead to Coop being captured by Native Americans.
The end of the trail is marked by tempers flaring among the crew, a young couple deciding to marry in spite of their parents' disapproval, an old man fighting death, and Charlie Wooster entering the ladies stew-cooking contest.