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. 100 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.