Dakota (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a troubled teen on the run. He takes a job on a Texas ranch to work off his debts. While Dakota works on restoring an antique car and other chores, he becomes a surrogate big brother for Casey (Jordan Burton), the young rancher's son who lost a leg to bone cancer. He also starts to fall for the rancher's pretty daughter Molly (Dee Dee Norton). Eli Cummins plays Walt Lechner, the kindly rancher who not only gave Dakota a job but a home with a loving family. Dakota weighs his past against his future in this family drama with a moral message.