By Thomas Eidson
July 1858: Nat Swanson, a bullet in his leg and bone-weary, flees around the New Mexico desolate tract from a vengeful posse. again in west Texas, he killed a guy over a lady whose identify he by no means knew, and now he’s at the run to California, his in simple terms desire for a brand new lifestyles the ranch deed in his pocket.
In a dry riverbed, Nat spots overturned wagons surrounded through Apaches. the single signal of a survivor is his quickly glimpse of an previous woman’s face–a face that forces a stark determination. Nat can journey on and shop himself, or remain and take a look at to save lots of the stranded and doomed occasion. Sister St. Agnes, huddled among the wagons together with her fellow nuns and the orphans of their care, by some means understands that God will resolution her prayers and ship a savior to bring them from evil.
As demise shadows the dusty arroyo, the forsaken canyon turns into a spot of future the place a brave nun and an embattled guy confront their fates together.
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