In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. In the course of the lengthy journey, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented rebellion. They’re then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their launch turns into the topic of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson desires Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin to assist his case. Ultimately, John Quincy Adams additionally turns into an ally.