A wagon train of disgruntled pioneers returning to the East is the incidental setting for tired, adolescent humor in this ponderous and directionless comedy.
New Mexico, the 1870s. Phil Taylor (Richard Lewis) and Ben Wheeler (Robert Picardo) lead a group of settlers who find life miserable in an uncivilized frontier town. They hire drunkard James Harlow (John Candy) to lead their wagon train to St. Louis. Along for the ride are Belle (Ellen Greene),
a prostitute, and Julian (John C. McGinley), a homosexual. News of the wagon train doesn't sit well with the businessmen pushing westward expansion, and desperado John Slade (Ed Lauter) is hired to stop it. Out on ...