September Dawn (2007)

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Western, drama. romance. In 1857, as a wagon train from Arkansas and a group of zealot Mormons near Cedar City, Utah tragically collide, Jonathan Samuelson, a young Mormon, and Emily Hudson meet each other and fall in love. Jonathan's father, Jacob Samuelson, is convinced the Gentile settlers were intending to do harm to the Mormons. Jacob forces Jonathan to spy on the settlers as he sought the advice of church elders; when his fears are then confirmed by a sign from God, Jacob relays the order to Brigham Young's adopted son, John D. Lee, to kill all but the youngest of the train. Desperate to stop the battle, Jonathan defies his church and tries in vain to warn the settlers and their wagon train leader, Captain Fancher. Unable to reach them in time, imprisoned by his own father, Jonathan witnesses in his younger brother Micha becoming swept up by the bloody fanaticism. Wrenching free of his chains Jonathan hurries to the slaughter site, only to be faced with an unbearable horror. Grief-stricken, Jonathan's search for Emily brings him to a crucial choice of love over death.

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