Sam Colter returns from Korea in 1953 to a small ranch in Texas, that is experiencing the worst drought in history. His dad had died whe he was ten and his mother two years ago. The only one to meet him is the loyal ranch hand, Jose. He hopes to leave the memories of battle and death behind him, but the demons follow him home, visiting him in dreams. An illness accelerates his depression and that coupled with trying to restock the ranch, in the continuing drought, is almost too much for him.
A neighboring family reaches out to him, offering friendship and support which he gladly accepts along with the attention of their daughter. Sam's life becomes more complicated when he ends up with a horse that belongs to a high school basketball star who has her own problems at home.Sam is caught in between the two girls and the saying that 'three is a crowd' takes on a whole new meaning.