Guilt over his wife’s death while he was competing on the rodeo circuit seven years ago forced Hank Reardon to retreat to his ranch in the shadow of the Tetons. These days the former rodeo champion breeds horses and breaks wild mustangs, stubbornly clinging to his vow never to compete again.
Assigned to photograph the annual mustang roundup, it’s easy for photojournalist Kit Sloan to see that the hard-working, hard-roping cowboy who hides behind his guilt still has the stuff of a rodeo champion. With Kit spurring him on, Hank returns to the circuit. But the love that blossoms between them is threatened by Hank’s vendetta against the stallion that killed his wife, by a jealous adversary who doesn’t want Hank to win, and by Hank’s struggle to put the past behind him.