Even though he’s much younger than Jane, Bern has aroused the ire of Deacon Tull (Norbert Weisser), who has his own designs on Jane and her considerable real estate and cattle holdings.
Soon Jane asks Lassiter — who is in town for his own reasons — to fill in for her passel of cowboys, who have disappeared on church’s orders, and Bern takes up with one of the gang of rustlers who have attempted to run off with Jane’s cattle (this all makes more sense in the telling than on paper). Resolution is uncertain, leaving plenty of room for a sequel that could be at least as interesting as the original.
Charles Haid directs efficiently, with occasional moments of artiness — including filming a falling horse from several angles and cross-editing them, and action in a genuinely spooky thunderstorm.
This is sort of a feminist Western, with Jane especially spunky. “I might be led,” she tells one character, “but I won’t be driven.”
Gill Dennis’ script is much scaled-down from Grey’s novel, but occasionally excerpts the author’s original dialogue. And action here is more luxuriously paced than in the book.