The Ghosts of Shays' Rebellion is a documentary film that chronicles the recent discovery of the ruins of an 18th century fortified settlement in the mountains of Vermont, which is now being revealed for the first time. Back in 1787, Captain Daniel Shays and his followers fled from justice shortly after the uprising he lead in Massachusetts. Shays’ Rebellion was the first armed rebellion to take place in our newly established nation. The film weaves together the tale of the present day archaeological investigation; the story of Shays’ heroic life as a captain in the Continental Army; his role in the infamous rebellion that bears his name; and his impact on American law.