Directed by: Simon Wincer
Written by: Cyrus Nowrasteh, William Mastrosimone
Other cast: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, Matthew Settle, Jessica Capshaw
Original airdate: June 17 2005
Episode title: Manifest Destiny
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Running time: 1h 32min
The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III), although episodes outside the direct observation of both protagonists are also shown. 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.