Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward, and his family escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. A hundred years earlier in 1748, John Newton, the captain of a slave trader, sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves bound for America. On board is Samuel’s great grandfather, whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton’s life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.
There are some shameful times in American history that cannot be changed, and slavery is one of them. This film is about freedom and the faith that God will help the persecuted slaves get to place where they will be free. It is about how faith saved them, encouraged them, and also about one man’s change of heart toward God as he brought slaves into this country.When slaves were brought here, they were chained, whipped, branded like cattle and even raped. The times were hard and some plantation owners were evil and cruel. But through it all there was one thing that kept some of the slaves going, and that was their faith in God. The Woodward family traveled to freedom with help from faithful people who believed that all people should be free. As the family travels, the story of Samuel’s great grandfather is revealed, as well as the story behind a well-known hymn written by John Newton. This is a story based on real life during the years of slavery. Without God’s help, some people would not have changed their lives while others never gave up hope in the worst of times. This is a faith-based story but includes portrayals of the outrageous treatment slaves suffered. Due to issues that may be offensive, it is awarded our “Faith-Based” Seal with a caution for violence.