John is happy.
I thought I had lost you!
Quatie smiles. John kisses her and looks into her eyes.
Our people have a trying journey
ahead. Are you up to it?
Quatie smiles and nods.
John holds her lovingly. They turn and watch people begin to form a column. They move along with just a few belongings.
A cold wind blows over John and Quatie. She shivers and tries to get closer to John.
This is a trail of tears.
EXT. MOUNTAIN TRAIL - LATE EVENING
It is raining hard. Scantly dress Cherokee people walk and shiver from the cold along a narrow mountain trail.
A wagon wheel breaks and falls on Ruth as she walks beside the wagon.
The fall knocks a family member and two children off the slippery bluff into a deep canyon, screams are heard as they fall.
Ruth's has dropped her baby. Chief Watts tries to save it. He falls into the cannon but saves the infant by pushing it behind a rock so it will not slip over the edge.
A woman walking near Ruth goes to the child. She picks it up and walks on not knowing Ruth is in trouble.
Talmidge is the driver of the wagon. He jumps down and