The Donner Party
Picks up after William Hastings steers a wagontrain, The Donner Party, by promising a shorter route to California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After several early snowstorms, the emigrants and its leaders find themselves trapped, freezing and without any food. The threat of death and starvation dissolves the group's camaraderie as they are forced sacrifice one another as a source of nourishment. The remaining travelers must weigh their consciences against their will to survive.