|The Desperate Mission: 19th Century figure Joaquin Murietta is a formerly wealthy and respected California landowner. However, he has lost his land, his wife, and everything
else he held dear. Embittered and questioning his previous faith in God and man, he joins a disparate group of men hired to convey a wealthy man’s wife away from the bandit-
ridden countryside to safety in San Francisco. Murietta discovers that the convoy is also carrying a treasure of great material and religious value. He finds himself challenged to
decide what he believes, and what he should do, in the face of threats to himself, to the convoy, and to the people of southern California.