This film is not plot driven per se but follows this group of settlers as they try to survive the wilderness, the Natives, and each other. There are three women, all of whom wear the clothes of the period, full length dresses and bonnets each of a different color. They are really identified by their dress color. Each has their own unique voice and personality as their physical features are usually covered. They are all married and are dutiful wives. Michelle Williams plays Emily Tetherow the strongest willed of the women. She can handle a musket and isn't afraid to use it. The other women are also strong but in a more subdued way. The men lead this convoy on their never ending search for fresh water. It's never really clear were they're going, but they are always moving forward.
While out scouting for water Meek and another man capture a native and interrogate him. Demanding that he lead them to water. Unable to bridge the communication gap they take him as a prisoner. Always under the threat of an ambush the group is extremely suspicious of him. When they contemplate killing him Emily steps in and saves his native ass. This film is about the human spirit and the will to survive under tough circumstances. It's also a complex drama about people having to work together to achieve a bigger goal, all while being set in early American life The ending is rather abrupt and offers no easy answers. This movie didn't get a wide theatrical release and played mostly at film festival and art house theatres, but now with the power of Netflix you can watch it instantly or buy the DVD released by Oscilloscope.