Texas is a tough place to be if you disagree with that philosophy. It's especially tough if you are a free Negro or friends of freed blacks. Billy Jefferson, a young scholar, now a professor with dreams of teaching freed blacks like himself, returns to America after years of schooling abroad only to disappear upon landing at New Orleans.
When Billy fails to return from Europe as scheduled, Will Bowman, Billy's mentor, ranching business partner and surrogate father initiates a search to find and bring him home.
Join the Bowman and Jefferson families as they search for the young man with a vision for his people that will change their lives. Also follow the families at the ranch as the war changes everything around them and makes them outcasts in the state they helped build.