Solomon Northup is a free black man, who lives in 1841 Washington City with his family. An encounter with two seemingly respectable gentlemen changes Solomon's life forever. He wakes up in chains and learns he has been sold into slavery.
Curmudgeon Woody Grant takes a piece of prize notification junk mail to heart and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to collect the million dollars he believes is waiting for him in the titular state.
A lone sailor in the Indian Ocean battles the elements and his fears in his 39-foot yacht, which has been punctured following a collision with a wayward metal shipping container.