Into the West: miniseries timeline 1825-1890 The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler and Loved by the Buffalo. 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. Episode 3 – Dreams and Schemes Main Characters: Jethro Wheeler: Jacob’s brother Thunder Heart Woman Corn Flower: THW’s doughter with Jethro Martin Jarrett: 49er Abraham High Wolf Wheeler: Jacob’s son David Wheeler: Jethro’s cousin Margaret Light Shines Wheeler: Jacob’s daughter Ethan Biggs: British immigrant photographer Running Fox: chief Dog Star: chief Conquering Bear: chief Samson Wheeler: cousin Susannah: Samson’s wife Clara: Samson’s daughter Jacob Wheeler Jacob Wheeler Jr. Brings Horse: Dog Star’s Son Sleeping Bear: Dog Star’s Surviving Son Plot: Jethro and Thunder Heart Woman remain together in California and a daughter, Corn Flower, is born to them. While working at the Wheeler ranch, now dubbed Rancho Paradiso, Jethro encounters a 49er named Martin Jarrett who brings him the first news about the California gold rush. Jethro soon follows him to the nearby American River to prospect for gold, although he returns home each night. Jethro dreams of quick riches but all he finds are a few small grains. Undeterred, he begins to spend more and more time looking for gold. Without Jethro's labor, the ranch begins to run into difficulties, with essential repairs being left undone. Jethro also takes to drinking heavily and becomes abusive towards Thunder Heart Woman and the children. After one too many arguments turn violent, Abe High Wolf Wheeler decides to leave. Jethro's nephew (although it is claimed in the movie that he is Jethro's cousin), David Wheeler, arrives as a 49er and becomes Jethro's partner in prospecting for gold. Angered by the successes of a group of Chinese immigrant miners, Jethro and David drive them off and steal their claim. After finding a huge nugget of gold, Jethro and David argue over how they will split their new fortune. After Jethro falls asleep, David steals the nugget and heads toward San Francisco. Jethro follows him and the two exchange gun fire. As David tries to escape in a canoe, the two struggle and both are drowned. To support her family, Thunder Heart Woman starts to sell food and supplies to the miners. Meanwhile, Margaret Light Shines Wheeler has taken a job in a guest house in San Francisco, but continues to look for her father. Jacob remained with the army, but became disillusioned at the treatment of native Into the West: miniseries timeline 1825-1890 Americans in Oregon and returned to trapping in the mountains in California. After spotting an army unit sporting a Bear Flag, Margaret inquires if any of them know Jacob Wheeler. A sergeant tells her that Jacob is among them and says he will lead her to him. When the two enter a barn, he tries to rape her. Margaret is saved by Ethan Biggs, a British immigrant photographer. Margaret goes to work for Biggs and the two eventually fall in love and marry. While working in the photo studio, a local wheelwright tells Margaret a trapper in the mountains has fixed a broken wagon wheel for some settlers. Certain that it's her father, Margaret convinces Biggs to join her looking for the trapper's camp. When they find the camp, Jacob at first takes them for thieves and nearly shoots them. Margaret shows him the wooden medicine wheel necklace and he realizes that she is his daughter. Jacob then goes to Rancho Paradiso and is reunited with his family. On the plains, white encroachment has become an undeniable problem for the tribes. Running Fox and Dog Star join several other chiefs - including Conquering Bear - at the signing of the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1851). All three agree that the peace is precarious but decide to give the agreement a chance. A little later, Loved by the Buffalo is visiting Conquering Bear's village. A cow escapes from a passing Mormon wagon train and rampages through the village, causing considerable damage. The villagers try to give the cow back to the settlers, but they become frightened at the sight of the Indians and run away. The tribe decides to keep the cow as compensation for the damage and butcher it. Soldiers soon come, demanding that the cow be returned and the "thief" be handed over. Conquering Bear tries to explain the situation to the soldiers but his efforts are thwarted by a drunken scout who mistranslates the negotiations. The soldiers then open fire on the village and the warriors fight back. Many are killed on both sides, including Conquering Bear. (Note: this event is based on the August 1854 Grattan massacre.) A few years later, another Wheeler cousin, Samson Wheeler has moved his family to Lawrence, Kansas. He allies himself with the abolitionist Jayhawkers during the days of "Bleeding Kansas" as tensions rise in the months leading up to the Civil War. He tries to get his wife Susannah, and children including daughter Clara to leave after border ruffian Bloody Bill Anderson threatens the Jayhawkers, but they refuse. Lawrence is later attacked by Anderson's bushwackers and Quantrill's Raiders. In the raid, Samson, Susannah, and two of their three children are killed, leaving Clara as the only survivor. She then leaves Kansas to seek out her cousins in Omaha. Jacob Wheeler's sons take different paths. Abe Wheeler has become a rider for the Pony Express. Despite being an excellent rider, he loses his job when the Pony Express is superseded by the telegraph. Jacob Wheeler, Jr. also decides to leave the family ranch to strike out on his own. Leaving California for the great plains, his knowledge of the Lakota language is valuable to the army and he is hired as a scout. Dog Star's son, Brings Horse is shot by an army sniper when he climbs a telegraph pole to investigate the wires strung from the top. Sleeping Bear, Dog Star's surviving son, pledges revenge against the whites for what they have done.