The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III), although episodes outside the direct observation of both protagonists are also shown. The plot follows the story of two families, one white American, one Native American, as their lives become mingled through the momentous events of American expansion. The story intertwines real and fictional characters and events spanning the period of expansion of the United States in the American West, from 1825 to 1890.
- This is not a typical Western movie, but it is miniseries that is set in the 19th century, so I am including it.
- The first one of the series deals with Mountain Men. Jedediah Smith is a character. The miniseries deals with Smith’s bear attack and his arrest by the Spanish.
- It is a complicated story with many interweaving parts.