In 1856, as the persecution continues with those of the Mormon faith, Brigham Young introduces a more effective and economical way of traveling through the 1200 mile trek to their new home in what is now Utah: by handcart. The first three companies are successful, but the Martin Handcart Company shows tragedy. A combination of the large influx of people from Europe using all available handcarts, delayed by boat and then having to build new ones using poor wood, teamed with entering an early Wyoming winter creates hunger, fatigue...even death. The film Handcart surrounds Samual Hunter, one who joins the church only for his love for the faithful Abigail. When the handcart trials come about, Samuals faith in the church and the prophet is tried.