The city of Far West is under siege. Missouri militia forces have occupied the city. Joseph Smith and a number of other men have been arrested and carried south. Those men remaining have been humiliated and illegally forced to surrender their arms. Those in the outlying areas have been ordered to gather into Far West, and, they have been ordered to leave the State. This episode of History of the Saints is the story of the forced exodus of the Mormons from northern Missouri in the winter of 1838-39.