In 1846, when it seemed the LDS had few friends outside their own ranks there came a stranger from the east into their camps on the Missouri River. His name was Thomas L. Kane. He came to help recruit the Mormon Battalion, witness the Mormon exodus and to make a name for himself. During his time with them he became convinced that they were a mistreated and a suffering people, worthy of his help. And thus began a powerful friendship that would span nearly 4 decades.