Flowing from the great Rockies to the mighty Mississippi, the long-winding Missouri River offered a shining gateway to the West for America's brave pioneers. Majestic steamboats forged the way upriver, carrying nothing less than the hopes and dreams of a new nation: farmers and traders, families and dance hall girls, riverboat gamblers and cut-throat thieves. For leaders like Toby Holt, son of legendary wagon master Whip Holt, the voyage is fraught with danger. Marauding tribes, treacherous outlaws, scheming gunrunners, and ruthless train robbers are just a few of the detours on the way to America's destiny. But with the help of young army cadet Hank Blake and loyal Chief Running Bear, Holt is prepared to stand up for what he believes - and fight for what he loves...For life. For liberty. For the men and women who make our nation great.