The wagon train has hit the mountains where the Major decides to take the northern pass to save 50 miles over the southern pass route which also has hot springs. The Major sent Flint and Hawks to scout the pass but only Hawks returns - with Flint's hat. The pass is snowed shut and search parties can find no sign of Flint. Next, Mr. Duncan disappears gathering wood. While tending a signal fire the Major disappears followed later by Hawks. The members of the train are in a panic with Wooster left in charge. At the panicked urging of the people and especially John Loring, Wooster heads the train back toward the southern pass. As they reach it, more people disappear. At the pass Loring takes Wooster prisoner leaving the train leaderless. At the kidnapper's camp Wooster notices no one knows how to cook and volunteers to take the job which Loring agrees to. Loring is taking the people as slaves and selling them to the Kootenay Indians in Canada. Wooster's cooking is a success but Loring ...