In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence.
Wrongly accused of a crime she didn't commit, a frontier woman turned fugitive is hunted by a vengeful preacher in the menacing inferno of the old American West.
Texas Ranger Samantha Payne uncovers evidence that suggests that a boy was likely murdered on a ranch belonging to Scott Briggs (Robert Duvall). When Scott's estranged son unexpectedly returns home, Samantha becomes even more convinced that the Briggs family was involved, and will stop at nothing to discover the truth - even putting her own life in jeopardy.