Based on a true story, A Truce With Death introduces us to Margaret, a pioneer mother who suffers the death of her young daughter as she and her husband cross the plains. Due to an Indian threat, they hurriedly place the dead baby under a sagebrush and push on. Margaret cannot bear the thought of her baby out in the desert alone without a grave for protection. Her husband, Joel, wakes up the next morning and realizes that Margaret has gone back for the baby. Afraid for her safety, he rides after her and encounters a very unexpected surprise.