The game starts during the Civil War, as you jump right into the shoes of one of the McCall brothers fighting for the Confederacy. The Civil War battles are the least interesting part of the game as you are kept on a pretty linear path to achieving your goal. The game opens up to allow for more exploration as you get past the Civil War parts and more towards the Old West. However, before you can get to the Old West you have to abandon the Confederate army in an attempt to rush back to your family farm and stop the Northern army from ransacking your birth right. Unfortunately you're too late and after a firefight you save your youngest brother, the preacher and bury your mother. Of course you've also deserted the army so now the McCall Brothers are wanted criminals so it's off to the Old West until things blow over.