Georgia 1848 Tom is working on his father’s farm alongside his brothers when word spreads of gold’s discovery. The trio embark on a wild journey and arrive dockside in the grandeur of San Francisco. The success of their findings comes at a price none had expected. Tom courts the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, whilst his youngest brother, Jim, picks up poker and meets his dark fate on a river boat. The two remaining brothers seek revenge as Tom calls upon the help of Gabriel, the archangel—his black Colt .44. Tom battles his inner demons by joining a whaling vessel. Years later, the brothers return to find lost loves. A clash ensues over the affection of women and money; however, it is halted as the Civil War is unleashed at their footsteps. War, vengeance, love, and loss all ensue as one brother rises above an overwhelming tide of misfortune to stake his claim in life.