Compared with the many outstanding Holocaust dramas on big and small screens, surprisingly few features have meaningfully explored that other resonant human-rights crime, slavery. This made-for-TV effort is an earnest but nonetheless pedestrian attempt to correct that situation.
In 1850s North Carolina, a quartet of slaves bolt from a plantation when a visiting Canadian ornithologist informs them of the "underground railroad," a secret network of white abolitionists and freemen who shelter and guide escapees northward to the Ontario border. Eventually one of the slaves
leaves his comrades behind and is recaptured, and another takes sick and dies, but blacksmith ...