As Jack Samson rides into the small Wyoming town of Grigsby one wintery morning, he does not know what lies in store for him. All he does know is that announcing his arrival with gunfire and, soon after, beating the local drunk—even if it is to protect a child—makes for a bad first impression. But then the town’s suspicions of him are not completely unfounded; after all, he is running from the law.
Still, a few locals give their visitor the shadow of a doubt: Pastor James Worthingson, for one, and the beautiful widowed innkeeper, Virginia White, along with her mother and daughter. These “angels” see through the moody, mysterious exterior of this dark stranger, to find that Samson is merely a bitter soul in need of God’s love. These allies enlist the help of select locals—the blacksmith, who offers Samson work, but more important, the church, which offers him direction. Meanwhile, Virginia and Jack find themselves falling for each other, and it isn’t long before Samson feels he’s on the up-and-up.
Unfortunately, whatever hope he may have gained becomes lost again when Samson’s cohorts in crime unexpectedly arrive on the scene, wanting their portion of the bank-robbery loot that is still in his possession. The scuffling that ensues leads the town swiftly to chaos, forcing Samson to face a past that he had hoped to forget, and to change his fate forever.
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Published December 2, 2010
Religion & Spirituality.