Texas, 1858. Slavery has just been abolished.
You have been trying for several weeks to reach the Mississippi, where the wealthy and cruel Calvin Candie holds your family captive. Along the way you must face the scorn of the local people. You are arrested and wrongfully accused of stealing horses. You find yourself locked up in the prison of sheriff John King Fischer, who doesn’t want to hear any of your explanations and who has sworn to hang you at dawn. The only way out of this prison alive is to escape, but you only have 60 minutes before sunrise and the hangman’s noose!